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Stupa and Its Technology: A Tibeto-Buddhist Perspective

Stupa and Its Technology: A Tibeto-Buddhist Perspective

Pema Dorjee

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

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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