Buddha in the Crown: Avalokitesvara in the Buddhist Traditions of Sri Lanka

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byJohn Clifford Holt

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Historical, anthropological, and philosophical in approach, Buddha in the Crown is a case study in religious and cultural change. It examines the various ways in which Avalokitesvara, the most well known and proliferated bodhisattva of Mahayana Buddhism throughout south, southeast, and eastAsia, was assimilated into the transforming religious culture of Sri Lanka, one of the most pluralistic in Asia. Exploring the expressions of the bodhisattva's cult in Sanskrit and Sinhala literature, in iconography, epigraphy, ritual, symbol, and myth, the author develops a provocative thesisregarding the dynamics of religious change. Interdisciplinary in scope, addressing a wide variety of issues relating to Buddhist thought and practice, and providing new and original information on the rich cultural history of Sri Lanka, this book will interest students of Buddhism and SouthAsia.

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Historical, anthropological, and philosophical in approach, Buddha in the Crown is a case study in religious and cultural change. It examines the various ways in which Avalokitesvara, the most well known and proliferated bodhisattva of Mahayana Buddhism throughout south, southeast, and eastAsia, was assimilated into the transforming re...

John Clifford Holt is at Bowdoin College.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.54 × 5.83 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195064186

ISBN - 13:9780195064186

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"A well-written, systematically organized, and coherent account of Mahayanism...An excellent overview of the history and "Global" significance of the Avalokitesvara cult in Buddhist culture."--History of Religions