Wendi L. Adamek
Practicescapes and the Buddhists of Baoshan
Historical, Philosophical, and Comparative Perspectives
HAMBURG BUDDHIST STUDIES 16
2021; 604 Seiten
How should one dwell in endtime? In this SPIDER-spun web of a book, Wendi Adamek guides readers to the visual and textual traces left by Buddhist nuns, monks, and devotees on mountainsides in Baoshan, north central China, and through them, the soteriology of Buddhism in the medieval world. The convents have vanished and the stones weathered, but the skillful work in maintaining co-constitutive relations is as palpable as ever. Thoroughly researched and artfully written, this deeply affecting book advances scholarship without leaving the lay reader behind. The comparative insights, theory-work, and appended transcriptions of this definitive study constitute a gift to past, present, and future travelers.
Dorothy Ko, author of The Social Lives of Inkstones: Artisans and Scholars in Early Qing China