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Living Images free pdf Buddhist images are ubiquitous in Japan, yet they are rarely accorded much attention in studies of Buddhist monastic traditions. Scholars of religion tend to regard Buddhist images as mere symbols or representations of religious ideals, commemorations of saints and patriarchs, ancillary aids to meditative practice, or the focus of lay piety. Art historians approach these images as works of art suitable for stylistic and iconographic analysis. Yet neither of these groups of scholars has adequately appreciated the centrality and significance of images and image worship in Japanese monastic practice. The essays in this volume focus on the historical, institutional, and ritual context of a number of Japanese Buddhist paintings, sculptures, calligraphies, and relics some celebrated, others long overlooked. Robert H. Sharf s introduction examines the reasons for the marginalization of images by modern Buddhist apologists and Western scholars alike, tackling the thorny question of whether Buddhists were in fact idolators.

About Robert H. Sharf

Robert H. Sharf is Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author of "Coming to Terms with Chinese Buddhism: A Reading of the "Treasure Store Treatise."" Elizabeth Horton Sharf is Master of Arts Program Advisor at the Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michi

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Author : Robert H. Sharf
Publisher : Stanford University Press
Data Published : 28 February 2002
ISBN : 0804739897
EAN : 9780804739894
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 288 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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