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Esoteric Buddhism in Mediaeval Maritime Asia: Networks of Masters, Texts, Icons

by Andrea Acri

This volume advocates a trans-regional, and maritime-focused, approach to studying the genesis, development and circulation of Esoteric (or Tantric) Buddhism across Maritime Asia from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries AD. The book lays emphasis on the mobile networks of human agents ('Masters'), textual sources ('Texts') and images ('Icons') through which Esoteric Buddhist traditions spread.

Capitalising on recent research and making use of both disciplinary and area-focused perspectives, this book highlights the role played by Esoteric Buddhist maritime networks in shaping intra-Asian connectivity. In doing so, it reveals the limits of a historiography that is premised on land-based transmission of Buddhism from a South Asian 'homeland', and advances an alternative historical narrative that overturns the popular perception regarding Southeast Asia as a 'periphery' that passively received overseas influences. Thus, a strong point is made for the appreciation of the region as both a crossroads and rightful terminus of Buddhist cults, and for the re-evaluation of the creative and transformative force of Southeast Asian agents in the transmission of Esoteric Buddhism across mediaeval Asia.

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Preliminary pages
1. Introduction: Esoteric Buddhist Networks along the Maritime Silk Routes, 7th–13th Century AD
PART I: MONKS, TEXTS, PATRONS
2. Coronation and Liberation According to a Javanese Monk in China: Bianhongs Manual on the abhiṣeka of a cakravartin
3. Saṅ Hyaṅ Kamahāyānikan, Borobudur, and the Origins of Esoteric Buddhism in Indonesia
4. Traces of Indonesian Influences in Tibet
5. The Politics of Esoteric Buddhism: Amoghavajra and the Tang State
6. (Spi)ritual Warfare in 13th-Century Asia? International Relations, the Balance of Powers, and the Tantric Buddhism of Kṛtanagara and Khubilai Khan
PART II: ART, ARCHITECTURE, AND MATERIAL CULTURE
7. Images of Devotion and Power in South and Southeast Bengal
8. Borobudurs Pāla Forebear? A Field Note from Kesariya, Bihar, India
9. Imagery, Ritual, and Ideology: Examining the Mahāvihāra at Ratnagiri
10. Seeds of Vajrabodhi: Buddhist Ritual Bronzes from Java and Khorat
11. Archaeological Evidence for Esoteric Buddhism in Sumatra, 7th to 13th Century
12. The Tale of Sudhana and Manoharā on Candi Jago: An Interpretation of a Series of Narrative Bas-reliefs on a 13th-Century East Javanese Monument
PART III: BAUDDHA-ŚAIVA DYNAMICS
13. Once More on the 'Ratu Boko Mantra': Magic, Realpolitik, and Bauddha-Śaiva Dynamics in Ancient Nusantara
14. Mid-9th-Century Adversity for Sinhalese Esoteric Buddhist Exemplars in Java: Lord Kumbhayoni and the 'Rag-wearer' Paṁsukūlika Monks of the Abhayagirivihāra
15. A Śaiva Text in Chinese Garb? An Annotated Translation of the Suji liyan Moxishouluo tian shuo aweishe fa
APPENDICES
APPENDIX A: The Names of Nāgabuddhi and Vajrabuddhi
APPENDIX B: Notes on the Alleged Reading vālaputra on the Pikatan Funeral Stele
The Contributors
Bibliography
Index
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  • Number of Pages : 468
  • Publisher : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Weight : 1260g
  • Product Code : 9789814695084
  • Dimension : 297 x 210 mm

About Author

Andrea Acri

Andrea Acri is Visiting Research Fellow at the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore.