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Fudo Myo-O

(Acalanatha Vidyaraja) in art and Iconography of Japan

Shingon Buddhism -- esoteric Buddhism brought to Japan from China during the early ninth century -- inspired a new spiritual energy that found expression in varied forms, especially in art and iconography. A radical change occu....read below

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Shingon Buddhism -- esoteric Buddhism brought to Japan from China during the early ninth century -- inspired a new spiritual energy that found expression in varied forms, especially in art and iconography. A radical change occurred with the introduction of new deities, among them the Five Great Kings, the most important of them being Fudo Myo-o, the conqueror of all disasters and evil. This book is a study of the concept, iconography and decoction of Fudo in art.

Beginning with a detailed account of the origin of Buddhism and its introduction into Japan, the book focuses on development of esoteric Buddhism in the country. It delves into the uniqueness of Shingon Buddhism rituals which try to evoke the vitality of the three mysteries in the body, speech and thought, the mysteries being transmitted orally from the master to the disciple. Describing Fudo Myo-o as discussed in Buddhist literary sources from India, it takes up his visual representation in painting and sculpture. It discusses the representation of his attendants in art and iconography, symbolic instruments associated with the god in his depiction and interpretations of the mudras (hand gestures, postures, emblems) carried by Fudo. It explains the esoteric meaning attached to various ideas and concepts represented in the visual images.

Supported by numerous illustrations, this detailed and thorough study would enthral students and scholars of Buddhist art and iconography.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124606049
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124606048
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2012
  • Pages : xx, 228p.
  • Bibliographic Details : 49 coloured and b/w photographs; Appendix; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
  • Size : 29 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 1400 gm

Introduction 

Brief History of Buddhism in India 
Vajrayana Buddhism 
History of Buddhism in Japan 
Brief Study of Buddhist Art in Japan during 
Early and Classical Period
Buddhism during Early Heian Period 
Art during Early Heian Period 

1. Introduction of Buddhism in Japan and Expansion of the Sphere of Buddhist

Art during the Heian Period (ce 794-1185)
Introduction of Buddhism in Japan 
Nara Period (ce 645-794) 
Contribution of Saicho and Kukai to Buddhism during the Heian Period (ce 794-1185)

2. Representation of Fudo Myo-O in Literature and Visualisation in Mandalas

Dhyana of Acalanatha in Sadhanamala and Nishpannayogavali
Theories of the Original Buddha of Acala 
Kukai's Theory 
Garbhadhatu Mandala or Womb Mandala (Jap. Taizokai Mandara)
The Quarter of Vidyadharas 
The Mansion of the Mantra Holders  
Description of Fudo (Acalanatha) 
The Iconography of Fudo in the Genzu Mandala 
The Symbolic Instruments of Fudo 
The Disciples and Servants of Acala 
The Original Seeds (Jap. Shuji) of Acala 
Other Mandalas of Acalanatha Vidyaraja 
Mudra (Symbolic Gestures) of Acala 
Representations and Images of Acala 
Five Great Power Bodhisattvas and Protection of the Country

3. Visualisation of Fudo Myo-O in Painting 

Background 
Paintings 
One Brush Ink-Painting 

4. Sculptures and Woodblock Prints of Fudo Myo-O

Woodblock Prints 

5. Conclusion 
Appendix: historical chronology of japan 
Glossary 
Bibliography 
Index

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