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  • Future Buddha Maitreya — An Iconological Study

Future Buddha Maitreya — An Iconological Study

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Maitreya is not just one of the myriad divinities of the Buddhist pantheon; he is revered by the devout as the Buddha of the fifth world cycle, the Ultimate Buddha, the Much-Awaited Deliverer, who (like Kalki — a would-be incarnation of Visnu in Hinduism) will descend on the earth, in human form, sometime in the distant future and lead people to both enlightenment and the final nirvana. The cult of Maitreya, however, goes as far back as to the second century bc, and even beyond, when perhaps, his images, in varying anthropomorphic forms, came to be chiselled alongside the earliest sculptural representations of the Buddha and Boddhisattvas. Here is the first iconological study to exclusively focus on the Maitreya phenomenon in almost the whole range of Buddhist sculptural art. Exploring the historical evolution of the Maitreya cult, the book admirably highlights the different phases of Maitreya iconography with an in-depth analysis of the images from various regions of the Indian subcontinent — Gandhara, Kashmir, Mathura, Sarnath, Nalanda, Orissa, Western Deccan and South India. Dr. Inchang Kim has skilfully combined his extensive fieldwork with diverse literary sources to contextually explore some of the problematic issues to their last thread like, for instance, the genesis of Maitreya cult, its nature in the pre-Christian era, and its role in Hinayana, Mahayana and Yogacara Buddhism. Also spelling out the symbolism of Maitreya iconography, the study specially underscores the iconographic attributes that help not only identify Maitreya, but also distinguish the Buddha of the Future from other Bodhisattvas. Together with a generous supplement of visual material comprising over 240 photographic reproductions with an extensive bibliography and index, the book is invaluable to art historians, connoisseurs/specialists of Buddhist sculptural art and scholars of Buddhist studies.

  • Binding: : Hb
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124600825
  • Edition : 1st
  • Year : 1997
  • Pages : xxx, 385
  • Size : 29 cm.
  • Series Number : 7
  • Series Name : EMERGING PERCEPTIONS IN BUDDHIST STUDIES

The series focuses on *Buddhism, the Dhamma *Buddhist Teachings *Philosophy/Metaphysics *The Ancient Schools: Theravada (Hinayana), Sarvastivada, Sautrantika, Mahisasaka and Vinaya (Lu/Ritsu) * The Transitional Schools: Mahasanghika, Lokottaravada, Vatsiputriya, Satyasiddhi *Canonical Texts *Mahayana & the Mahayana Schools like, for instance, Madhyamika Yogacara, Dhyana (Ch’an/Zen) *Buddhist Tantrism *Doctrine *Logic *Psychology *Esoterism * Tibetan Buddhism: History, Sects, Shingon *Buddhist Ethics *Monastic Institutions *Evolution of the Sanghas and Their Organization *Buddhist  Ceremonies & Festivals *Popular Traditions *Rites & Rituals *Symbolism & Iconography *Buddhist Architecture: Monasteries, Stupas, Caves and Other relevant Themes.

Forword
-- by Prof. Lokesh Chandra
Preface
Abbreviations
List of Illustrations
1. Introduction
2. The Origin and Development of Maitreya Cult
The Origin of Maitreya Cult
The Legend of Maitreya
The Nature of Faith in Maitreya
3. The Origin and Development of Maitreya Image in Kushana Mathura
The Combined Image of Buddha and Bodhisattva
The Images of the Celestial Maitreya
The Controversies in Maitreya Iconography
4. The Origin and Development of Maitreya Iconography in Gandhara
The Representations of Maitreya on the Coins of Kanishka
The Combined Image of Buddha and Bodhisattva
Maitreya Images with Combination of Buddha, Bodhisattva and Ascetic Elements
The Ascetic Type of Maitreya Images
Controversies in the Iconography of Maitreya in Gandharan Art
5. The Evolution of Maitreya Iconography in Western Deccan
The Advent of New Maitreya Iconography in Gupta Domain
An Introduction to the Study of Maitreya Iconography in Western Deccan
Maitreya in the Group of Manushi Buddhas
The Early Phase in the Evolution of Maitreya Iconography in Western Deccan
The Middle Phase in the Evolution of Maitreya Iconography in Western Deccan
The Later Phase in the Evolution of Maitreya Iconography in Western Deccan
6. Maitreya Iconography under Tantrayana Buddhism
Maitreya Iconography in the Early Tantric Phase
Maitreya Iconography in the Mature Tantric Phase
Later Maitreya Iconography
7. Controversies in the Iconography of Maitreya
The Contemplating Bodhisattva
The Cross-Ankled Bodhisattva
Buddha in Pralambapadasana and Dharmacakra Pravartana Mudra
The Crowned Buddha
8. Conclusion
Visuals
Bibliography
Glossary
Index

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