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Twin Mandalas of Vairocana in Japanese Iconography

 
Ryujun Tajima (Author) Lokesh Chandra (Translator) Nirmala Sharma (Translator) Sata-Pitaka Series
Synopsis

A fundamental work for the philosophic and artistic understanding of the theory and graphic representation of the mandalas in general and especially in the Shingon tradition of Japan. Details the philosophy, patriarchs and sacred canon of Mantrayana, its ulterior development into two branches in Japan, the nature and different kinds of mandalas, as well as their classification and essential principles. The twin mandalas of Vairocana based on the Mahavairocana-sutra and the Sarva-tathagata-tattva-sangraha are detailed in all aspects: their basic ideas, their interrelationship and differences in character, their configuration and symbolism. The iconography of all the deities is given at length from the root text, from the Hizoki of Kobo Daishi, and from the graphic representation ;which is the prime theme of the work. The work ends with the doctrine of Shingon (Mantrayana), its differences from exoteric or popular Buddhism, the three universals, the triple mystery, the four kinds of dharmakayas, the stupa of five circles, the five knowledges, the three degrees of Tantric abhiseka (empowerment), bodhicitta and so on. It is a sine qua non for the comprehension of the history, iconography and aesthetics of mandalas with their inexhaustible Olympus of divine beings symbolising the mystic experience in the plenitude of ecstasis.

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About the authors

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.

Nirmala Sharma

(Ms.) Nirmala Sharma after having her postgraduation in Sociology and Education taught for brief stint at college level. Currently she is engaged with her doctoral research. She has written many research papers, published work. Her area of interest aree women education, women empowerment and sociology of Dalits.

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Bibliographic information

Title Twin Mandalas of Vairocana in Japanese Iconography
Format Hardcover
Date published: 18.01.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Aditya Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 9788177421163
length 293p., 109Plates; Index; 29cm.