Buddhist Monasteries of South Asia and China
author: Sanjay Garg
edition: 2019, Manohar Publishers and Distributors
Summary: This volume (called ‘Buddhist Monasteries of South Asia and China’) contains 18 papers that were presented by leading archaeologists and art historians from South Asia and China at an international conference on ‘Buddhist Monasteries in South Asia and China’ organized by the Society for Buddhist Art and Archaeology (SBAA) in New Delhi in December 2015.
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Introduction:Buddhism binds the two most populated regions of the world-South Asia and China. In developing a holistic understanding of the historical linkages between these two regions, scientific studies of the Buddhist texts, its monumental and material remains and numerous archaeological sites have played a very important role. The results of recent excavations at many such sites have altered our understanding of monasteries as mere residences for monks and have simultaneously revealed the existence of many important Buddhist centres which were an integral part of the cultural and religious fabric of the society. These excavations have also brought forth the need for studying these sites in a wider religious landscape and network.
These contributions focus on themes such as: newly discovered or worked Buddhist monastery and temple sites in South Asia and China; a comparative study of design of the Buddhist monastery in the two regions; stupas, paintings and sculptures discovered in the Buddhist monastery sites and documents and inscriptions related to the Buddhist monastery and temple.
This volume aims to provide fresh insights and information on new sites and place them along with the earlier known ones in a wider cultural landscape.
Contents of this online book (index):
The full text of the Buddhist Monasteries of South Asia and China in English can be quickly summarized in the following table of contents. Becaue these pages are not available to read online, I would recommend you buy the book.
Chapter 1: The Buddhist Monasteries and Stupas in the Lumbini Region of Nepal [link]
Chapter 2: The Buddhist Monastic Complex at Sanghol, Punjab [link]
Chapter 3: An Architectural Survey of Buddhist Monasteries [link]
Chapter 4: Buddhism in Gandhara [link]
Chapter 5: Investigating Networks of Patronage [link]
Chapter 6: Contextual Study of Images from Vihars at Sarnath [link]
Chapter 7: The Buddhist Sacred Establishments of [link]
Chapter 8: Studies in Gandharan Stupa [link]
Chapter 9: South Asian Buddhist Viharas Translated to the UK [link]
Chapter 10: Jetavanarama and Early Samgharamas of China [link]
Chapter 11: Excavation of the Tongzi Temple Site in Taiyuan [link]
Chapter 12: Excavations of the Buddhist Monastery Ruins in Chang’an [link]
Chapter 13: Archaeological Excavation at Longxing Monastery, Qionglai, Sichuan, China [link]
Chapter 14: Buddhist Monasteries of Western Tibet [link]
Chapter 15: Placing Images of Deities in Buddhist Temples [link]
Chapter 16: Song Dynasty Chan School Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin) Faith and Iconography [link]
Chapter 17: The Types of Dresses of Buddha Statues [link]
Chapter 18: Examining a Fifth-century Bilingual Votice Stone Stupa in China [link]