Perfect Bodies and Imperfect Images
BSW Lecture by Phyllis Granoff, Yale University
Both Jains and Buddhists praised the incomparable beauty of the Jina or Buddha and both described the first images of the Jina/Buddha as portraits, true likenesses of their subject. The image of the Buddha would change radically over time; originally depicted as a monk, the Buddha would come to wear a crown and elaborate jewelry. The Jina image would effectively undergo the same change; it would be covered with jewels and flowers during worship. Modern scholars have speculated about the meaning of crowned Buddha images, with little consensus as to their appropriate interpretation. We are fortunate in having a late medieval Jain text that in its defense of the practice of adorning images offers us some insight into how a 17th century monk viewed images of the Jina and the rituals that so radically transformed their appearance.
Location: Room 137, 1879 Hall, Dept. of Religion
Date/Time: 02/27/14 at 4:30 pm - 02/27/14 at 6:00 pm
Category: Public Lectures
Department: Buddhist Studies Workshop