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Creating the Universe Depictions of the Cosmos in Himalayan Buddhism

by Eric Huntington

Part of the Global South Asia Series

Creating the Universe Depictions of the Cosmos in Himalayan Buddhism Synopsis

Winner, 2018 Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities Buddhist 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

Creating the Universe Depictions of the Cosmos in Himalayan Buddhism Press Reviews

Creating the Universe will reveal to readers how much they have been missing. . . . Carefully marked diagrams, clear summaries, and exceptionally clean prose combine to make this long-overdue resource valuable for those interested in Buddhism, comparative religion, and art history. * Choice *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780295744063
Publication date: 7th March 2019
Author: Eric Huntington
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 304 pages
Categories: Colonial art, Asian history, Buddhism,

About Eric Huntington

Eric Huntington is a postdoctoral scholar in religious studies at the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies, Stanford University.

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