Sonya S. Lee

in Surviving Nirvana

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9789622091252
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207448 | DOI:

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This section deals with the Dafo or Great Buddha Monastery of Zhangye in Gansu province which celebrated its newly reinstated status as a place of religious activity. It notes that at the center of all the attention was the site's principal icon, a thirty-five meter long statue of Śākyamuni in recline that was housed inside the main hall. It observes that the hyper-realism of the image, at once rooted in real life and in fantasy, reminded its beholders that the nirvana Buddha is one constant source of hope and pride for the community, whose power can be activated time and again through seeing as well as making.

Keywords: Zhangye; Gansu province; religious activity; Śākyamuni; nirvana Buddha

Chapter.  2627 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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