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Vermeersch, Sem 1968-

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Works: 12 works in 31 publications in 2 languages and 729 library holdings
Genres: History  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Translator, Author of introduction, Collector
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Most widely held works by Sem Vermeersch
The power of the Buddhas : the politics of Buddhism during the Koryŏ dynasty (918-1392) by Sem Vermeersch( )

14 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This study is an attempt to specify Buddhism's place in Koryo and to ascertain to what extent and in what areas Buddhism functioned as a state religion. Was state support the main reason for Buddhism's dominance in Koryo? How actively did the state seek to promote religious ideals? What was the strength of Buddhism as an institution and the nature of its relationship to the state? What role did Confucianism, the other state ideology, play in Koryo? This study argues that Buddhism provided most of the symbols and rituals, and some of the beliefs that constructed an aura of legitimacy, but that there was no single ideological system underlying the Koryo dynasty's legitimating strategies."--BOOK JACKET
A Chinese traveler in medieval Korea : Xu Jing's Illustrated Account of the Xuanhe Embassy to Koryŏ by Jing Xu( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although famous for its celadon and Buddhist paintings, the Koryō period is still very much terra incognita in world history because of the lack of translated source materials. This work, a fully annotated, complete translation of a key source text on Koryō, fills this gap
A Chinese traveler in medieval Korea. Xu Jing's illustrated account of the Xuanhe embassy to Koryo by Sem Vermeersch( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The king and ministers, superior and inferior, move with ritual and refinement. When the king goes on an inspection tour, everyone has the correct ceremonial attributes and the divine flag [troops] gallop in front while armored soldiers block the road. The soldiers of the Six Divisions all hold their attributes. Although it is not completely in uniformity with classic rites, compared with other barbarians it is splendid to behold. This is why Confucius thought it would not be a shame to reside here. And is not moreover Kija's country a close relative of the hallowed dynasty?" So observed the Song envoy Xu Jing in the official report of his 1123 visit to Korea - a rare eyewitness account of Koryo (918-1392) society in its prime. Officially, the purpose of Xu Jing's visit was to condole the new king, Injong, on the death of his father and present him with a letter of investiture; unofficially, he was tasked with persuading Injong to align with Song China against the newly emergent Jin dynasty. Although famous for its celadon and Buddhist paintings, the Koryo period is still very much terra incognita in world history because of the lack of translated source materials. The present work, the first fully annotated, complete translation of a key source text on Koryo, fills this gap. Xu Jing spent a little more than a month in the Koryo capital, Kaesong, but he was a meticulous chronicler, compiling a veritable handbook on Koryo that is full of fascinating details found nowhere else on daily life, history, customs and manners, buildings, the military, food, among others
Hoam Sŭngjiwŏn : uri sidae ŭi hanok, Hoam Sŭngjiwŏn( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in Korean and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected works of Korean Buddhism( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hwaom by Korea) Hwaŏmsa (Hwangjŏn-ni( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in Korean and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The collected works of Korean Buddhism. selected works( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Ssanggye-sa and Local Buddhist History: Propaganda and Relics in a Struggle for Survival, 1850s - 1930s by John Jorgensen( )

1 edition published in 2008 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Hwaŏm I & II( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Chŏngsŏn Wŏnhyo : selected works by Wŏnhyo( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in Korean and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Korean Buddisht culture : accounts of a pilgrimage, monuments, and eminent monks( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in Korean and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Korean Buddhist culture : accounts of a pilgrimage, monuments, and eminent monks( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This volume brings together a number of texts that deal with the cultural aspects of Korean Buddhism. Although Buddhism is usually associated with its meditative practice or its doctrinal interpretation, in fact, as a living tradition it always had to find ways of dealing with the world. Monasteries function not only as places where monks study and practice in peace, they are also a focal point for the lay believers, who turn to monasteries for rituals, to make donations, to seek spiritual advice, or simply -- as for most people who visit Korean temples these days -- to see the beautiful cultural treasures or savor the unique temple food. -- from preface (p. xxi)
 
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The power of the Buddhas : the politics of Buddhism during the Koryŏ dynasty (918-1392)
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Sem Vermeersch Koreanist

Languages
English (25)

Korean (5)