Building a Sacred Mountain: The Buddhist Architecture of China's Mount Wutai

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University of Washington Press, 2014年6月1日 - 344 頁
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By the tenth century CE, Mount Wutai had become a major pilgrimage site within the emerging culture of a distinctively Chinese Buddhism. Famous as the abode of the bodhisattva Ma ju r (known for his habit of riding around the mountain on a lion), the site in northeastern China s Shanxi Province was transformed from a wild area, long believed by Daoists to be sacred, into an elaborate complex of Buddhist monasteries.

In Building a Sacred Mountain, Wei-Cheng Lin traces the confluence of factors that produced this transformation and argues that monastic architecture, more than texts, icons, relics, or pilgrimages, was the key to Mount Wutai s emergence as a sacred site. Departing from traditional architectural scholarship, Lin s interdisciplinary approach goes beyond the analysis of forms and structures to show how the built environment can work in tandem with practices and discourses to provide a space for encountering the divine.

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introduction Early Buddhist Monastic Architecture in Context
1
One Building the Monastery Locating the Sacred Presence
19
Two Entering the Mountains Localizing the Sacred Presence
51
Three The Sacred Presence in Place and in Vision
89
Four Mediating the Distance to Mount Wutai
111
Five Reconfiguring the Center
131
Six Narrative Visualization and Transposition ofMount Wutai
155
Conclusion Revisiting Foguang Monastery
195
Appendix 2 Transcription and Translation of the Inscription on the Dongzhang Stone Lantern
207
Appendix 3 Transcriptions of Key Passages from Chinese Texts Used in This Study
211
Conventions and Abbreviations
213
Notes
215
Glossary
261
Bibliography
275
List of Illustrations
309
Index
313

Appendix 1 The Creation Legend of the TruePresence Icon of Bodhisattva Mañjuśrī at Huayan Monastery
203

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Wei-Cheng Lin is assistant professor of Chinese art history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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