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The making of a savior bodhisattva : Dizang in medieval China

Author: Zhiru Ng
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, ©2007.
Series: Studies in East Asian Buddhism, no. 21.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In modern Chinese Buddhism, Dizang is especially popular as the sovereign of the underworld. Often represented as a monk wearing a royal crown, Dizang helps the deceased faithful navigate the complex underworld bureaucracy, avert the punitive terrors of hell, and arrive at the happy realm of rebirth. The author is concerned with the formative period of this important Buddhist deity, before his underworldly aspect  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Kshitigarbha.
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Zhiru Ng
ISBN: 9780824830458 0824830458
OCLC Number: 86038534
Notes: "A Kuroda Institute book."
Description: xiii, 305 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Early scriptural representations : text and contexts --
Cultic beginnings reconsidered --
Indigenous and accretionary scriptures --
Art and epigraphy --
Narrative literature --
Conclusion: Reassessing Dizang, Lord of the Underworld.
Series Title: Studies in East Asian Buddhism, no. 21.
Responsibility: Zhiru.
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In modern Chinese Buddhism, Dizang is especially popular as the sovereign of the underworld. This book examines this important Buddhist deity during his formative period - before he settled into his  Read more...

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Exemplary scholarship!

by Wuli (WorldCat user published 2010-05-02) Excellent Permalink

The author, a Chinese Buddhist nun, has a superb command of all the relevant Buddhist and non Buddhist historical resources for reconstructing the cult of Dizang (Jizo) in medieval China. The array of evidence it studies is particularly impressive, covering elite and popular texts, as well as visual...
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