Imaging Wisdom: Seeing and Knowing in the Art of Indian Buddhism

by Jacob N. Kinnard


  • ISBN: 9788120817937, 8120817931
  • Year of Publication: 2001
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st
  • No. of Pages: 100
  • Language: English
  • Regular price ₹ 495.00

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    On its broadest level, this book contributes to an ongoing expansion of

    both the history of religions and Buddhist studies by focusing on what is a

    far too frequently ignored aspect of religious experience: visual images.

    This is a study that is intended to speak to, and be relevant for, not

    only those interested specifically in Buddhism, but also scholars and

    students in the field of religion at large who are interested in the

    dialectical ways abstract, abstruse and even rarified textual discourses

    interact with devotional practices 'on the ground'.

    The specific focus of this book is on the Buddhist visual practices

    surrounding the visual representation of a single, central concept, prajna,

    or wisdom, in medieval north India. Prajna, however, was not only an

    intellectual state and spiritual goal to which to aspire. Rather, wisdom

    also becomes a quality to be visually represented and ritually responded

    to, and even an active presence to be venerated in much the same manner as

    the Buddha himself.

    This book explores the ways in which the production and use of artistic

    images involving prajna constituted a central, if not the central,

    component of Buddhist religious practice in Medieval India.

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    About the Author(s)

    JACOB N. KINNARD teaches at Northwestern University, Illinois.