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Surviving Nirvana: Death of the Buddha in Chinese Visual Culture

Sonya S. Lee


The Buddha's nirvana marks the end of the life of a great spiritual figure and the beginning of Buddhism as a world religion. This is the first book in the English language to examine how this historic moment was represented and received in the visual culture of China, of which the nirvana image has been a part for over 1,500 years. Mining a selection of well-documented and well-preserved examples from the sixth to twelfth centuries, the author offers a reassessment of medieval Chinese Buddhism by focusing on practices of devotion and image-making that were inspired by the Buddha's “complete e ... More

Keywords: Buddha, nirvana, Buddhism, visual culture, China, devotion, image-making, extinction, salvation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9789622091252
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622091252.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sonya S. Lee, author