Meinert, Carmen and Henrik H. Sørensen, ed., 2020. Buddhism in Central Asia I—Patronage, Legitimation, Sacred Space, and Pilgrimage. Leiden: Brill.
The present volume is based on the proceedings of the start-up conference “Establishing of Buddhist Nodes in Eastern Central Asia 6th to 14th c. Part I: Sacred Space, Pilgrimage, Patronage, Legitimation Strategies” of the ERC project BuddhistRoad. The conference was organised by Carmen Meinert and Henrik H. Sørensen on May 23rd to 25th, 2018 at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany).
We hope that this book contributes to the understanding of how Buddhist patronage takes place between the three societal fĳields of politics, economics, and religion and thereby enables the emergence of a network of sacred sites and pilgrimage routes contributing to thoroughly transforming the multi-cultural region of Eastern Central Asia into a religious-cultural entity.
Further expected outcomes of the BuddhistRoad project in the Brill series are:
— Buddhism in Central Asia II: Practice and Rituals, Visual and Material Transfer, edited by Yukiyo Kasai and Henrik H. Sørensen, forthcoming 2021.
— Buddhism in Central Asia III: Doctrine, Exchanges with Non-Buddhist Traditions, edited by Lewis Doney, Carmen Meinert, Yukiyo Kasai, and Henrik H. Sørensen, forthcoming 2022/23.
Download the Volume or Selected Chapters
- Meinert, Carmen and Henrik H. Sørensen. “Introduction—Piety, Power, and Place in Central and East Asian Buddhism,” 1–14,
- Vermeersch, Sem. “Who Is Legitimating Whom? On Justifying Buddhism’s Place in the Body Politic,” 15–39,
- Forte, Erika. “Images of Patronage in Khotan,” 40–60,
- Kasai, Yukiyo. “Uyghur Legitimation and the Role of Buddhism,” 61–90,
- Sørensen, Henrik H. “Donors and Esoteric Buddhism in Dunhuang during the Reign of the Guiyijun,” 91–122,
- Solonin, Kirill. “The Formation of Tangut Ideology: Buddhism and Confucianism,” 123–147.
- Widorn, Verena. “From Padmasambhava to Gö Tsangpa: Rethinking Religious Patronage in the Indian Himalayas between the 8th and 13th Centuries,” 151–188.
- Wilkens, Jens. “Sacred Space in Uyghur Buddhism,” 189–203.
- Raschmann, Simone-Christiane. “Pilgrims in Old Uyghur Inscriptions: A Glimpse behind Their Records,” 204–229.
- Deeg, Max. “Looking from the Periphery: Some Additional Thoughts on Yulin Cave 3,” 230–243.
- Meinert, Carmen. “Creation of Tantric Sacred Spaces in Eastern Central Asia,” 244–271.