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Stupa and Its Technology

A Tibeto-Buddhist Perspective (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts S.)
Pema Dorjee

Editeur - Casa editrice

Motilal Banarsidass Pub

Religione
Buddhismo

Anno - Date de Parution

2001

Pagine - Pages

234

Lingua - language - langue

eng

Prefazione

M. C. Joshi


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The present study shows how Tibet became a treasure house of Buddhist culture and literature-highlighting important texts dealing with stupa architecture. Various ritual activities associated witht the construction of the stupa are described along with the eight fundamental types of Tibeto-Buddhist stupas and their main structural components.

Among all the religious monuments of the world, the stupa has the longest uninterrupted historical development. Though modelled after the Indian prototype, the stupa architecture was developed in all the countries where Buddhism had flourished. Over time, the structural shape of the stupa underwent significant modifications in India and in other Asian Buddhist countries.

The present study shows how Tibet became a treasure house of Buddhist culture highlighting important texts dealing with stupa architecture. Various ritual activities associated with the construction of the stupa are described along with the eight fundamental types of Tibeto-Buddhist stupas and their main structural components. The value of the book is enhanced by an appendix with English translation of four important Tibetan texts preceded by transliteration.

 



Biografia

Pema Dorjee graduated from the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi. He obtained M. Phil degree form the Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi. Dorjee completed this monograph as the first awardee of the prestigious Thonmi Sambhota Fellowship, instituted by the Tibet House, New Delhi.
Presently, he is working at the United States Library of Congress, in New Delhi, as a Librarian.