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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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1969-
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Lin, Wei-Cheng
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
  • Art history publication initiative
  • A China Program book
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  • Wutai Mountains (China)
  • Buddhist architecture
  • Buddhist monasteries
  • Buddhism and culture
  • ART
  • HISTORY
  • RELIGION
  • Buddhism and culture
  • Buddhist architecture
  • Buddhist monasteries
  • China
  • Architektur
  • Höhlentempel
  • Buddhismus
  • Wutai Shan
  • China
  • Buddhistisk arkitektur
  • ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Religious
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Building a sacred mountain : the Buddhist architecture of China's Mount Wutai, Wei-Cheng Lin
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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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
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ocn878405802
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1 online resource (xi, 321 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates)
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online
Isbn
9780295805351
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2013031629
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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JSTOR
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40023466557
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22573/ctvctf5f1
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not applicable
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Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)878405802
Label
Building a sacred mountain : the Buddhist architecture of China's Mount Wutai, Wei-Cheng Lin
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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
ocn878405802
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 321 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780295805351
Lccn
2013031629
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
40023466557
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvctf5f1
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)878405802

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