[INDOLOGY] Visualisation of Buddha/Guru

Antonio Ferreira-Jardim antonio.jardim at gmail.com
Tue Jan 21 16:27:18 EST 2014


Also relevant here is a recent blog post by Stephan Beyer where he
surveys some of the Buddhist primary sources while also looking at
Hindu texts, cites some useful translations and gives a theoretical
analysis:

http://www.singingtotheplants.com/2014/01/visualization-before-tantra/

Kind regards,
Antonio Ferreira-Jardim
University of Queensland

On Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 5:43 AM, Michael Radich
<Michael.Radich at vuw.ac.nz> wrote:
> 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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