Charlotte Eubanks

in Miracles of Book and Body

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780520265615
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947894 | DOI:

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This concluding chapter considers an important metaphor for textuality within the Buddhist tradition, which is the “turning the wheel of the dharma.” It discusses the cycle of textual production and relates it to given technologies of sutra devotion, particularly of sutra reading that developed in Asia and was used in medieval Japan. The chapter also examines the material aspects of Buddhist textuality and “the potential of abstract ideas to shape the material world,” and furthermore explains how Buddhist language—as it is manipulated by human bodies—materializes as physical forms.

Keywords: textuality; metaphor; Buddhist tradition; textual production; sutra devotion; sutra reading; material world; Buddhist textuality; abstract ideas; Buddhist language

Chapter.  9964 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Buddhism

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