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Receptacle of the SacredIllustrated Manuscripts and the Buddhist Book Cult in South Asia$
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Jinah Kim

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273863

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273863.001.0001

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The Visual World of Buddhist Book Illustrations

The Visual World of Buddhist Book Illustrations

(p.112) (p.113) 4 The Visual World of Buddhist Book Illustrations
Receptacle of the Sacred

Jinah Kim

University of California Press

This chapter examines possible ritual uses of manuscripts. I argue that the illustrated Buddhist manuscripts could have been used for meditation, much like patapaintings discussed in the Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa, with the images serving as a mnemonic device. I also analyze how a Buddhist book was constructed as a three-dimensional mandala, transforming a manuscript of the Prajnāpāramitā sūtrainto a powerful cultic object.

Keywords:   Prajnāpāramitāsutra, Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa, patapainting, meditation on a book, 3D mandala, Vajrasattva mandala, Pañcaraksā sūtra, book mandala, Matrix

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