Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism

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Pagan: Art and Architecture of Burma. honolulu: University of hawaii Press, 1990.

Author: Christian K. Wedemeyer

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231162413

Category: Religion

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Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism fundamentally rethinks the nature of the transgressive theories and practices of the Buddhist Tantric traditions, challenging the notion that the Tantras were “marginal” or primitive and situating them instead—both ideologically and institutionally—within larger trends in mainstream Buddhist and Indian culture. Critically surveying prior scholarship, Wedemeyer exposes the fallacies of attributing Tantric transgression to either the passions of lusty monks, primitive tribal rites, or slavish imitation of Saiva traditions. Through comparative analysis of modern historical narratives—that depict Tantrism as a degenerate form of Buddhism, a primal religious undercurrent, or medieval ritualism—he likewise demonstrates these to be stock patterns in the European historical imagination. Through close analysis of primary sources, Wedemeyer reveals the lived world of Tantric Buddhism as largely continuous with the Indian religious mainstream and deploys contemporary methods of semiotic and structural analysis to make sense of its seemingly repellent and immoral injunctions. Innovative, semiological readings of the influential Guhyasamaja Tantra underscore the text’s overriding concern with purity, pollution, and transcendent insight—issues shared by all Indic religions—and a large-scale, quantitative study of Tantric literature shows its radical antinomianism to be a highly managed ritual observance restricted to a sacerdotal elite. These insights into Tantric scripture and ritual clarify the continuities between South Asian Tantrism and broader currents in Indian religion, illustrating how thoroughly these “radical” communities were integrated into the intellectual, institutional, and social structures of South Asian Buddhism.

Making Sense of the Secular

... kind of modernism, Lunuganga, together with most of the rest of Sri Lankan
tropical modern architecture, is art for art's sake. Indeed, where Buddhism or
Hinduism is referenced, it is done so through ostensibly ornamental or
picturesque ...

Author: Ranjan Ghosh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136277218

Category: Religion

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This book offers a wide range of critical perspectives on how secularism unfolds and has been made sense of across Europe and Asia. The book evaluates secularism as it exists today – its formations and discontents within contemporary discourses of power, terror, religion and cosmopolitanism – and the focus on these two continents gives critical attention to recent political and cultural developments where secularism and multiculturalism have impinged in deeply problematical ways, raising bristling ideological debates within the functioning of modern state bureaucracies. Examining issues as controversial as the state of Islam in Europe and China’s encounters with religion, secularism, and modernization provides incisive and broader perspectives on how we negotiate secularism within the contemporary threats of terrorism and other forms of fundamentalism and state-politics. However, amidst the discussions of various versions of secularism in different countries and cultural contexts, this book also raises several other issues relevant to the antitheocratic and theocratic alike, such as: Is secularism is merely a nonreligious establishment? Is secularism a kind of cultural war? How is it related to "terror"? The book at once makes sense of secularism across cultural, religious, and national borders and puts several relevant issues on the anvil for further investigations and understanding.

Responding to Art

... 408 Hospital of the Innocents , 409 , 409-10 Pazzi Chapel , 410 Buddha
Preaching the First Sermon , 60 Buddhist art ... 625-26 More Songs about
Buildings and Food , 626 Stop Making Sense , 625-26 , 626 Byzantine art and
architecture ...

Author: Robert Bersson

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages

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Category: Art appreciation

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Responding to Art: Form, Content, & Context is designed to excite and interest students with minimal knowledge of art and limited confidence in responding to it. To this end, the book starts at the students' introductory level and sets out to stimulate their interest and active participation. From the onset, Responding to Art integrates art and design forms that the students are already familiar with and have some interest in: including CD covers, magazine advertisements, fashion styles, websites, crafts, product design, and folk art. In addition, the book engages students and builds their confidence by incorporating into the opening chapter responses to art by introductory-level students like themselves. This sends an immediate message to the students that their own thoughts and feelings are valid, valued, and diverse. With expanded interest, confidence, and knowledge, students are prepared for more challenging art forms, information, and concepts.

Advances in Utopian Studies and Sacred Architecture

... Cavendish, R. (Ed.). (1980). Mythology an illustrated encyclopedia. in
architectural projects of cultural significance; therefore ... Making sense of
Buddhist art and architecture. engineering behind the Louvre Abu Dhabi's dome.
Retrieved from ...

Author: Claudio Gambardella

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030507653

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Buddhism and the Arts of Japan

CHAPTER The Japanese Buddhist Arts in Historical Perspective IN ORDER to
understand the Buddhist arts of Japan , it is ... Represented particularly by the pre
- Buddhist but also continuing Shinto tradition , this way of apprehending ,
experiencing , or making sense of reality has been crucial ... ( Shinto ) shrine
architecture , particularly that of Ise , is a distillation of the aesthetic ideals of the (
ancient and ...

Author: Richard B. Pilgrim

Publisher: Anima Press

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Category: Arts, Buddhist

Page: 72

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A Handbook of Buddhism

Art, Architecture, Literature and Philosophy Suraj Vashishth. in our mirror in the
future . ... Apparently karma is not the impersonal cosmic force some make it out
to be . If we accept the above ... It doesn't make sense . There must be a reason .

Author: Suraj Vashishth

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Category: Art, Buddhist

Page: 256

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Papers presented at the International Seminar on Contribution of Andhra Desa to Buddhism, held at Hyderabad during 26-28 December 1997.

Thailand

Author: Paul Gray

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Category: Thailand

Page: 577

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Provides information needed to take a trip in Thailand.

The Arts of Thailand

A Handbook of the Architecture, Sculpture, and Painting of Thailand (Siam), and
a Catalogue of the Exhibition in the ... was so designed that it could be
interpreted in various ways : it had to make sense to Buddhists and non -
Buddhists alike .

Author: Indiana University

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Category: Art, Thai

Page: 219

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Malaysian Art

Numismatics , funerary art , religious and palatial architecture , royal ornaments ,
weaponry were the integral part of the artistic landscape with ... Islamic art of
Southeast Asia draws upon the HinduBuddhist art implanted earlier in this region
. ... Slon ) The 15th century yields 32 pieces , among Making Sense of Art Objects
/ 43.

Author: Zakaria Ali

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Category: Art, Malaysian

Page: 498

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Encyclopaedia of Buddhism fasc 1 Causality

Author: Gunapala Piyasena Malalasekera

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Category: Buddhism

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The British National Bibliography

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Journal of Inner Asian Art and Archaeology

This paper avoids discussing ancient wooden architecture , a specialized area of
study , but focuses on the wooden structures in ... the visual impact of the
narrative of the cave décor on the observer and thus to make sense of the
disposition of the paintings . ... the door , usually the future Buddha , Maitreya ,
which could be seen only at the end of the circumambulation , when exiting from
the left corridor .

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Encyclopaedia of Buddhism

Author: Gunapala Piyasena Malalasekera

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The Grammar of the Lotus

... on Buddhist symbolism have a weak basis as regards the matter of antiquity ,
as there is no known Buddhist art before the ... The Malays and Burmese make
fire with crossed sticks , but our present knowledge of prehistoric Europe would
lead us ... In the sense which has specified the “ Indo - ( third century B . C . ] . ...
SCHUCHARDT , Schliemann ' s Ausgrabungen im Lichte Architecture thus
appears to ...

Author: William Henry Goodyear

Publisher:

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Category: Art, Prehistoric

Page: 408

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The Art and Architecture of China

Chinese literature abounds with accounts that testify to the making of images in
the fourth and fifth centuries , as well as the importation of Buddhist icons which ,
because they came from India or countries near to the holy land of Buddhism ...

Author: Laurence C. S. Sickman

Publisher: Harmondsworth, Middlesex ; Baltimore : Penquin Books

ISBN:

Category: Architecture

Page: 336

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American Book Publishing Record

610 Making sense with offenders . 616 . ... 450232 Making your husband feel
loved . 248 . ... 024002 Mastering the art of creative collaboration . 138 . ... 423
Mesoamerican architecture as a cultural symbol . 720 . ... 535 Miracle of Saint
Nicholas / ( Whelan ) JUV Miraculous stories from the Japanese Buddhist
tradition . 294 .

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Vesak Annual

Through China and Korea , Indian Buddhist art entered Japan about a century
after the Sigiriya paintings in Ceylon were ... Man needed a religion or cult to
enable him to underStucco Head of the Buddha stand the mystery and the
meaning of this ... As an aid in the process of explaining , and making clear these
various philosophies and cults , art and literature came ... Indeed , Buddhist Effort
, Right Self - knowledge and Right Concentration architecture , sculpture and
painting in their ...

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Judaism

For example , the form of worship used in the Buddhist Churches of America (
founded in the late nineteenth century ) has as much or more in ... For example ,
in traditional societies like medieval Europe , Christianity was the inspiration for
much of the art and architecture . ... religious tradition is not a prerequisite for
engaging in its study or even for understanding ( i.e. , making sense of ) its beliefs
viii.

Author: Samuel Tobias Lachs

Publisher: Tabor Pub

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 101

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The history of Judaism, its ideas and ideals, are traced as well as the life cycle of the Jew.

Art Index

Author: Alice Maria Dougan

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Category: Architecture

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Thai Buddhist Art architecture

... Rakhang and the finesse of design of the windows show the remarkable artistic
sense of the old Thai of the Bangkok period previous to the influence of modern
materials . TALA KAN PARIEN In old time the Buddhist Doctrine was taught to the
laymen only in the Sala Kan Parien , which usually is ... So much this idea is
rooted in the mind of the Thai that to build a sala has become a kind of merit
making .

Author: Silpa Bhirasri

Publisher:

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Category: Architecture

Page: 24

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