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Title: A Study on Scripture Worship in the Kathmandu Valley: An Interim Review with a Prospect of a New Approach for the Philological Study of Sanskrit Buddhism
Authors: Sasaki, Kazunori
Shoji, Fumio
佐々木, 一憲
庄司, 史夫
Issue Date: 20-Mar-2019
Publisher: Rissho University
Abstract: Even today the culture of Mahayana Buddhism, which originated in ancient India, still remains and is practiced daily in Kathmandu, the capital city of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. Among the various cultural events associated with Buddhism that are carried out in Kathmandu, “scripture worship” is particularly of great interest as a subject of study, considering its development into a rite of Buddhist doctrine, it can also be viewed as a representative example that reveals the difficulty of studying a “living culture” that is routinely practiced. This paper first looks at the example of a recitation ritual, Prajñāpāramitāpaṭhana that is conducted in a Buddhist temple named Kwa Baha in the city of Lalitpur (Patan) in the Kathmandu valley. Careful examination in multiple topics, mainly focusing on Nava-Dharma, reveals cultural meanings of this recitation ritual comparing with its doctrinal background. Related matters are also looked at to clarify the positioning of Scripture Worship in Nepalese Buddhism. Following that examination, it introduces a challenge that has been carried out by RNAP(: Rissho-University Nepal Academic-research Project) for pioneering new generation philological study of Nepal Buddhism, taking full advantage of digital format data of newly acquired huge database of unpublished Nepalese manuscripts, the Thapa Collection.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11266/6639
ISBN: 9784582474428
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