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The Resource Building a sacred mountain : the Buddhist architecture of China's Mount Wutai, Wei-Cheng Lin

Building a sacred mountain : the Buddhist architecture of China's Mount Wutai, Wei-Cheng Lin

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Building a sacred mountain : the Buddhist architecture of China's Mount Wutai
Title
Building a sacred mountain
Title remainder
the Buddhist architecture of China's Mount Wutai
Statement of responsibility
Wei-Cheng Lin
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "By the tenth century CE, Mount Wutai had become a major pilgrimage site within the emerging culture of a distinctively Chinese Buddhism. Famous as the abode of the bodhisattva Majusri (known for his habit of riding around the mountain on a lion), the site in northeastern China's Shanxi Province was transformed from a wild area, long believed by Daoists to be sacred, into an elaborate complex of Buddhist monasteries. In Building a Sacred Mountain, Wei-Cheng Lin traces the confluence of factors that produced this transformation and argues that monastic architecture, more than texts, icons, relics, or pilgrimages, was the key to Mount Wutai's emergence as a sacred site. Departing from traditional architectural scholarship, Lin's interdisciplinary approach goes beyond the analysis of forms and structures to show how the built environment can work in tandem with practices and discourses to provide a space for encountering the divine.Wei-Cheng Lin is assistant professor of Chinese art history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "A well-researched, serious, significant book on fascinating subjects with profound impact on Chinese civilization." - Nancy Steinhardt, University of Pennsylvania"--
  • "In this interdisciplinary investigation of the architecture of the sacred, Lin traces the confluence of factors that, over a period of several centuries, transformed Mount Wutai in northeastern China's Shanxi Province--a wild area that had long been believed by Daoists to be sacred--into an elaborate complex of Buddhist monasteries. This case study illustrates key steps in the transformation of Buddhism, as the religion's practices, texts, and visual culture evolved from its Indian roots and was adapted to the social milieu and geography of China. By the tenth century C.E., Mount Wutai had become a major Buddhist pilgrimage site, as it was believed to be the abode of the bodhisattva Mañjuśrī (who rode about the mountain on his hallmark lion), and an entire cave (Mogao Cave 61) depicting the wonders of Mount Wutai was constructed in the famous complex of Buddhist caves near Dunhuang, along the Silk Road. Through analysis of texts, visual art, and architecture, Lin shows how the built environment can provide a space for encountering the divine"--
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DLC
Dewey number
951/.17
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DS793.W8222
LC item number
L56 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
  • Art history publication initiative
  • A China Program book
Label
Building a sacred mountain : the Buddhist architecture of China's Mount Wutai, Wei-Cheng Lin
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Locating the Sacred Presence in Monastery, Monasticism, and Monastic Architecture -- Entering the Mountains, Localizing the Sacred Presence -- The Sacred Presence from Site to Site -- Mount Wutai as Virtual Monastery -- Reconfiguring the Center -- Narrative, Visualization, and Transposition of Mount Wutai -- Conclusion: Revisiting Foguang Monastery -- Appendix 1. Three Versions of the Creation Legend of the "True-Presence" (Zhenrong) Icon -- Appendix 2. Transcription and Translation of the Inscription on the Octagonal Stone Lantern -- Appendix 3. Chinese Texts
Control code
865543762
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
xi, 321 pages, 8 unumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780295993522
Lccn
2013031629
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)865543762
Label
Building a sacred mountain : the Buddhist architecture of China's Mount Wutai, Wei-Cheng Lin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Locating the Sacred Presence in Monastery, Monasticism, and Monastic Architecture -- Entering the Mountains, Localizing the Sacred Presence -- The Sacred Presence from Site to Site -- Mount Wutai as Virtual Monastery -- Reconfiguring the Center -- Narrative, Visualization, and Transposition of Mount Wutai -- Conclusion: Revisiting Foguang Monastery -- Appendix 1. Three Versions of the Creation Legend of the "True-Presence" (Zhenrong) Icon -- Appendix 2. Transcription and Translation of the Inscription on the Octagonal Stone Lantern -- Appendix 3. Chinese Texts
Control code
865543762
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
xi, 321 pages, 8 unumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780295993522
Lccn
2013031629
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)865543762

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