[INDOLOGY] Visualisation of Buddha/Guru

Michael Radich Michael.Radich at vuw.ac.nz
Tue Jan 21 14:43:48 EST 2014


Dear James,

> Can anyone advise me as to how common visualisation of the Buddha or Guru is in Buddhist meditative practice?

I must add, to the useful studies already mentioned, 

Greene, Eric Matthew. “Meditation, Repentance and Visionary Experience in Early Medieval Chinese Buddhism.” PhD dissertation, U. C. Berkeley, 2012. 

Greene makes insightful observations on the whole category of "visualisation" (including a genealogy of the term in modern English, and an analysis of the connections between that general development and the use of the term in Buddhological scholarship), in addition to a wealth of extremely useful empirical observations about a range of related phenomena in various traditional texts. In my humble opinion, this dissertation makes an important contribution to our understanding of a number of questions, and deserves attention not just from scholars of Chinese Buddhism, but from scholars interested in a wide range of problems, including meditation practice and theory and their history in general.

Yours,

Michael

Dr Michael Radich
Senior Lecturer, Religious Studies
Victoria University of Wellington
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