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Elora Tribedy
Deccan College Post-Graduate Research Institute, Department of Archaeology, Graduate Student
A Study of Early Buddhist Art and Social Demography
Demographical data from Skeletal remains in case of ancient Indian population is scarcely available and in need of much future research. However, the immense information about ancient Indian population groups is available from art and literature. The early Buddhist art, with a theme more social than religious, offer us a window to look into a possibility of understanding the social demographic trends of the contemporary time. The mass of ancient Indian population, kings and queens, servants and soldiers, traders and forest tribes, are vibrant in early Buddhist art objects, such as…


Lisa Kochinski
Dimming Their Light to Mingle with the Dust: Wakō dōjin and Mujū’s Views on Kami and Buddhas in Book One of Shasekishū
This seminar paper examines tales from Mujū Ichien’s 無住一円 (1226–1312) Shasekishū (Collection of Sand and Pebbles) that expound the belief that buddhas and bodhisattvas, using expedient means, appear in Japan as kami to save people.



Tadeusz Skorupski
The Buddhist Stūpa: The Embodiment of the Immanent and Transcendent Buddha
The Buddhist stūpa constitutes the primary Buddhist monument that symbolically or truly embodies the Buddhist beliefs and teachings about the Buddha’s inherent nature and his unique presence in the world after his final demise. The landscapes of Asia are studded and scattered with countless stūpas of different sizes and appearances, all of which are unmistakable signs of the presence of Buddhism. Dilapidated and ruined stūpas are reminiscent of the past vitality and eminence of Buddhism, and renovated and newly constructed stūpas attest to its invigorating endurance and continuity. As such…


Takako Hashimoto
Siddham Script in the University of Tokyo Manuscript of the Chinese Version of Ārya-Mahā-Māyūrī Vidyā-Rājñī

Wen-Shing Chou
Imperial Apparitions: Manchu Buddhism and the Cult of Mañjuśrī


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