Book ID: CBB919100211

Creating the Universe: Depictions of the Cosmos in Himalayan Buddhism (2019)


Huntington, Eric (Author)
Sivaramakrishnan, Kavita (Author)
Yang, Anand A. (Author)
Kaimal, Padma (Author)

University of Washington Press

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 304
Language: English

Winner, 2018 Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian HumanitiesBuddhist representations of the cosmos across nearly two thousand years of history in Tibet, Nepal, and India show that cosmology is a rich language for the expression of diverse religious ideas, with cosmological thinking at the center of Buddhist thought, art, and practice.In Creating the Universe, Eric Huntington presents examples of visual art and architecture, primary texts, ritual ideologies, and material practices―accompanied by extensive explanatory diagrams―to reveal the immense complexity of cosmological thinking in Himalayan Buddhism. Employing comparisons across function, medium, culture, and history, he exposes cosmology as a fundamental mode of engagement with numerous aspects of religion, from preliminary lessons to the highest rituals for enlightenment. This wide-ranging work will interest scholars and students of many fields, including Buddhist studies, religious studies, art history, and area studies.Art History Publication Initiative. For more information, visit

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Authors & Contributors
McKay, Alex
Jain, L. C.
Jain, Prabha
Kochhar, Rajesh
Gondhalekar, P.
Jaiswal, O. P.
Indian Journal of History of Science
Journal of Asian Studies
Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity
Archives of Natural History
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Amsterdam University Press
Shri Brahmi Sundari Prasthasram Samiti
Random House
Duke University Press
Harvard University
Science and religion
India, civilization and culture
Aryabhata I
Ruit, Sanduk
Tabin, Geoff
Swainson, William
Vigors, Nicholas Aylward
Macleay, William Sharp
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, late
18th century
20th century, early
Himalayan Mountains (Nepal)
Persia (Iran)

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