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Shaping the Lotus Sutra: Buddhist Visual Culture in Medieval China Hardcover – February 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 487 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (February 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295984627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295984629
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,724,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Shaping the Lotus Sutra ranges over a dazzling array of topics, all of them fascinating and all tied to the central goal of illuminating the visual logic of medieval Buddhist art." Robert E. Harrist Jr., Columbia University "I react to Wang's work as I do to Zizek's: I find it electrifying." Jerome Silbergeld, Princeton University "Shaping the Lotus Sutra explores what the medieval Chinese actually believed about spiritual matters, through careful analysis of artistic representations of its most beloved text, the Lotus Sutra." Amy McNair, University of Kansas

Book Description

Offers a new interpretation of Chinese Buddhist art focusing on the spiritual beliefs of the medieval Chinese

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Welch on December 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent treatment of the Lotus Sutra in Chinese art, primarily focusing on Dunhuang but of use to anyone who wants to gain a further understanding of medieval Chinese murals and sculpture. A basic knowledge of both Buddhism and Buddhist iconography is almost essential but a fast learning, highly motivated beginner would also find this book extremely helpful. No one going to all the trouble to visit the Dunhuang caves should go without reading this book, and anyone who finds this book hard reading or uninteresting with a trip to Dunhuang on their agenda, should choose another destination. For those interested in medieval Chinese Buddhist iconography and pictorial art, this book "pulls it all together" and is both readable and scholarly in its approach. Excellent photographs and detailed drawings to help one interpret the ancient paintings make this book an invaluable guidebook to Dunhuang or to any armchair traveller. A true find and a book one will be able to reread over and over again as one becomes an increasingly advanced student of the subject.
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