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The body incantatory : spells and the ritual imagination in medieval Chinese Buddhism

Author: Paul F Copp
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2014]
Series: Sheng Yen series in Chinese Buddhist studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Whether chanted as devotional prayers, intoned against the dangers of the wilds, or invoked to heal the sick and bring ease to the dead, incantations were pervasive features of Buddhist practice in late medieval China (600--1000 C.E.). Material incantations, in forms such as spell-inscribed amulets and stone pillars, were also central to the spiritual lives of both monks and laypeople. In centering its analysis on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul F Copp
ISBN: 9780231537780 0231537786 9780231162708 0231162707
OCLC Number: 879552712
Awards: Short-listed for Best First Book in the History of Religions 2015
Description: xxx, 363 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Dharanis and the study of buddhist spells --
Scripture, relic, talisman, spell --
Amulets of the incantation of wish fulfillment --
Dust, shadow, and the incantation of glory --
Mystic store and wizards' basket.
Series Title: Sheng Yen series in Chinese Buddhist studies.
Responsibility: Paul Copp.

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The Body Incantatory reveals the histories and logics of practice of deeply embodied forms of Buddhist ritual. Paul Copp vividly captures the diversity of Buddhist practice among medieval monks,  Read more...

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The Body Incantatory rightly calls into question the commonplace assumption that high esoteric Buddhism 'erased' an older 'proto-esoteric' incantation culture or relegated it to obsolescence. In Read more...

 
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