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Buddhism’s Black Holes: From Ontology to Hauntology
Author Faure, Bernard
Source International Journal of Buddhist Thought & Culture=국제불교문화사상사학회
Volumev.27 n.2
Pages89 - 121
PublisherInternational Association for Buddhist Thought and Culture
Publisher Url
LocationSeoul, Korea [首爾, 韓國]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
NoteBernard FAURE is since 2006 the Kao Professor of Japanese Religion in the Departments of Religion and East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.
KeywordJapanese Buddhism; Buddhist Metaphors; Buddhist Relics; Buddhist Icons
AbstractThis paper reexamines a problem that has until now eluded scholarship on Buddhist ritual, namely, the meaning and function of various rituals allegedly aimed at animating a Buddhist icon. In particular, the practice of inserting relics and various other objects inside an icon has been recently questioned by Robert Sharf, who argues that the ritual may be fundamentally meaningless. The author disagrees and goes on to describe a loose network of Buddhist metaphors centered around this and other similar practices and representations. The symbolism at work here provides in his opinion sufficient evidence to retrieve — albeit indirectly — the meaning of such practices.

Table of contentsAbstract
A Methodological Caveat 91
The Silence of the Texts 92
Western Projections 93
Two Scholarly Theories 95
An Elegant Solution? 95
A Call for Self-reflexivity 97
Metaphors Buddhists Live By 99
Container and Content 100
Concealing and Revealing 101
Interring 102
Centering and Circling 103
Descending and Entering 106
Sealing and Imprinting 108
Emptying and Filling 109
Incubation and Gestation 110
References 116
ISSN15987914 (P)
Created date2021.03.12
Modified date2021.03.12

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