Stupa and Its Technology: A Tibeto-Buddhist Perspective

by Pema Dorjee


  • ISBN: 9788120813014, 8120813014
  • Year of Publication: 2001
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st
  • No. of Pages: 100
  • Language: English
  • Regular price ₹ 595.00

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    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 the other Asian Buddhist

    countries.

    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 with the construction of

    the stupa are described along with the eight fundamental types of

    Tibeto-Buddhist stupas and their main structural components. A survey of

    the stupas found in the upper Indus Valley in the Leh region of Ladakh

    shows their similarity to the Tibeto-Buddhist tradition. The value of the

    book is enhanced by an appendix with English translation of four important

    Tibetan texts preceded by transliteration.

    This monograph is the first in the new sub-series of the IGNCA on the

    Buddhist stupas, which would not be restricted to India alone. It is hoped

    that such studies will enable the art-historians and archaeologists to

    understand this important structural form in totality in relation to its

    wide geographical spread and the distinctive features of particular

    developments in different countries.

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