Secrets of the Sacred
Empowering Buddhist Images in Clear, in Code, and in Cache
Esoteric practices within Buddhism trace back at least as far as the first century CE but did not develop into a religio-philosophic movement until after the fifth century. They relied on “mysteries” handed down from teacher to pupil. Sacred texts provided clear descriptions of the qualities and appearance of the Esoteric pantheon, but were so elaborate that they challenged the imagination and skill of Buddhist artists. Brinker traces the original meaning and function of individual icons and relics across the various schools of Buddhism. He discusses their origin, style, meaning, and individual histories. Beautiful illustrations complement the histories of these important icons and relics.
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"Through the combination of art-historical studies with philological, archaeological and historical anthropological research, Brinker’s work gives a valuable impetus for further investigation in the field of Buddhist art of Central Asia, China and Japan and at the same time opens up new dimensions and a wider geographic and historical scope for interdisciplinary research in Buddhist studies."—Christian Jahoda, Social Anthropology
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