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Buddha in the Crown: Avalokitesvara in the Buddhist Traditions of Sri Lanka (John Clifford Holt) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 1991) 9780195064186
Buddha in the Crown: Avalokitesvara in the Buddhist Traditions of Sri Lanka (John Clifford Holt) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 1991) 9780195064186
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Title: Buddha in the Crown: Avalokitesvara in the Buddhist Traditions of Sri Lanka

Author: Holt, John Clifford

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 1991

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780195064186

Volumes: 1; Pages: 272

List Price in Cloth: $111.00 Our price: $90.99

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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 east Asia, 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 thesis regarding 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 South Asia.
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