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Life of Lord Buddha: Compiled by Monk Pao-Ch' Eng from Chinese Sutras and Illustrated in Woodcuts in the Ming Period

Lokesh Chandra (Author) Satapitaka Series
Synopsis This Life of Lord Buddha is a reproduction of the Shih-chia ju-lai ying-hua shih-chi, a collection of important episodes in the life of Lord Buddha, cited from different Sutras translated into Chinese from the 3rd to the 13th century. The citations are illustrated on opposite pages, so that the pious could visualise the Dharma of the Tathagata. They are `Visual Dharma'. The Chinese has been translated into English. It was compiled by monk Pao-ch `eng during the Ming period. It was revised by Prince Yung-shan the grand the nephew of Emperor K`ang-hsi. He had new woodcuts done in 1787-93. The landscape, buildings, persons, city layouts, gardens, etc. are styled as was done in the 18th century. The simple lines, athirst for the beauty of the beyond, were to deepen the spiritual tone. A Chinese proverb says: a picture is a voiceless poem, a poem is a vocal picture. The hieratic art of this volume is an evocation of the Chinese proverb in its powerful lines and in its tranquil sunyata of minimal art. It has been translated into English for the first time. It is of interest to scholars of Buddhist art, thought, social life, and hagiography.
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About the author

Lokesh Chandra

Prof. Lokesh Chandra is a renowned scholar of Tibetan, Mongolian and Sino-Japanese Buddhism. He has to his credit over 400 works and text editions. Among them are classics like his Tibetan-Sanskrit Dictionary, Materials for a History of Tibetan Literature, Buddhist Iconography of Tibet, and the present Dictionary of Buddhist Art in about 20 volumes. Prof. Lokesh Chandra was nominated by the President of the Republic of India to the Parliament in 1974-80 and again in 1980-86. He has been a Vice-President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, and Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research. Presently he is Director, International Academy of Indian Culture.

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Title Life of Lord Buddha: Compiled by Monk Pao-Ch' Eng from Chinese Sutras and Illustrated in Woodcuts in the Ming Period
Format Hardcover
Date published: 18.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Aditya Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 9788177420906
length viii+460p., Index; 43cm.