Published in March 2019 by University of Washington Press, “Creating the Universe: Depictions of the Cosmos in Himalayan Buddhism” by Eric Huntington explores the various ways that Buddhists have imagined and represented the cosmos over the last nearly two thousand years of Buddhist history in Tibet, Nepal and India.
From the University of Washington Press website:
In “Creating the Universe”, Eric Huntington presents examples of visual art and architecture, primary texts, ritual ideologies, and material practices—accompanied by extensive explanatory diagrams—to reveal the immense complexity of cosmological thinking in Himalayan Buddhism. Employing comparisons across function, medium, culture, and history, he exposes cosmology as a fundamental mode of engagement with numerous aspects of religion, from preliminary lessons to the highest rituals for enlightenment. This wide-ranging work will interest scholars and students of many fields, including Buddhist studies, religious studies, art history, and area studies.
Listen to an interview with Eric Huntington on the New Books in Buddhist Studies podcast: https://newbooksnetwork.com/eric-huntington-creating-the-universe-depictions-of-the-cosmos-in-himalayan-buddhism-u-washington-press-2018/
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