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Mandala and Landscape

A W Macdonald

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ISBN 10: 8124600600 / ISBN 13: 9788124600603
Published by D K Printworld, New Delhi, 2007
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Contents 1. Mandala and landscape in Japan/Ulrich Mammitzsch. 2. A journey to the depths of a labyrinth landscape the Mount Fengdu Taoist Holy Site and Infernal Abyss/Sandrine Chenivesse. 3. The great pilgrimage of a myes rma chen written tradition living realities/Katia Buffetrille. 4. The creation of the bon mountain of Kongpo/Charles Ramble. 5. A guide to the La Phyi Mandala history landscape and ritual in South Western Tibet/Toni Huber. 6. Beyul khenbalung the Hidden valley of the Artemisia on Himalayan communities and their sacred landscape/Hildegard Diemberger. 7. A Hidden Land in the Tibetan Nepalese borderlands/Franz Karl Ehrhard. 8. The ritual preparation of a Tibetan sand Mandala/R. Kohn. 9. Men between fairies and women the bipolarity of the environment of the Kalash mountaineers of the Hindu Kush/Jean Yves Loude & Viviane Lievre. 10. And the lake drained away an essay in Himalayan comparative mythology/N.J. Allen. Index. Since the publication in English of the Theory and Practice of Mandala by Giuseppe Tucci in 1961 our knowledge of the subject has increased considerably. Two dimensional paintings (Tibetan than ka Skt. paubha) have been displayed in many art exhibitions reproduced photographically and analysed in readable books as well as in articles in specialised journals. Three dimensional Mandalas like for instance the Barabadur in Java recently renovated by UNESCO have been visited by many thousands of tourists as well as pilgrims. In America Europe and Asia monks have made and unmade numerous sand Mandalas openly in public. Mandalas are indeed much less secret thAn they used to be. Yet up to now Mandalas have largely been studied outside the context of their use in museums in exhibitions and in libraries This volume highlights perhaps for the first time the techniques whereby Mandala schemes are projected in thought belief and action on to widely differing natural landscapes. Putting together the research findings of a group of Buddhist scholars from America Austria England France Germany and New Zealand Professor Macdonald tries to underscore the linkages between Mandalas and landscapes in varying eco systems between Afghanistan and Japan with special focus on their geographical contexts and socio cultural traditions. Each of the ten studies included here is supported by relevant illustrative material and extensive bibliographical references. Embodied in Mandala and Landscape are the research results from field work carried out in China Nepal Pakistan Japan and Tibet. It is as such invaluable to scholars of Buddhist studies specially the researchers involved with the Mandalas in South Asia and elsewhere. 460 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 62004

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Title: Mandala and Landscape

Publisher: D K Printworld, New Delhi

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardbound

Book Condition: As New

Edition: Reprint

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Since the publication in English of the Theory and Practice of Mandala by Giuseppe Tucci in 1961, our knowledge of the subject has increased considerably. Two-dimensional paintings (Tibetan: thanka, Skt.: paubha) have been displayed in many art exhibitions, reproduced photographically, and analysed in readable books as well as in articles in specialised journals. Three-dimensional mandalas like, for instance, the Barabadur in Java recently renovated by UNESCO, have been visited by many thousands of tourists as well as pilgrims.

In America, Europe and Asia, monks have made and unmade numerous sand-mandalas openly, in public. Mandalas are, indeed, much less secret than they used to be. Yet, up to now, mandalas have largely been studied outside the context of their use: in museums, in exhibitions and in libraries.

This volume highlights, perhaps for the first time, the techniques whereby mandala-schemes are projected in thought, belief and action, on to widely differing natural landscapes. Putting together the research findings of a group of Buddhist scholars from America, Austria, England, France, Germany and New Zealand, Professor Macdonald tries to underscore the linkages between mandalas and landscapes in varying eco-systems between Afghanistan and Japan with special focus on their geographical contexts and socio-cultural traditions.

Each of the ten studies, included here, is supported by relevant illustrative material and extensive bibliographical references. Embodied in Mandala and Landscape are the research results from field-work carried out in China, Nepal, Pakistan, Japan and Tibet. It is, as such, invaluable to scholars of Buddhist Studies, specially the researchers involved with the mandalas in South Asia and elsewhere.

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