Seeing, Touching, Holding and Swallowing Tibetan Buddhist Texts

Sensing Sacred Texts - James W Watts

Cathy Cantwell [+-]
Oxford University
Cathy Cantwell is Associate Faculty Member in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University.


Cathy Cantwell surveys Tibetan ritual practices with books to show that ritualized interactions with sacred books express and reinforce Tibetan Buddhist identity and veneration of the Dharma. They also serve pragmatic medical ends. Her detailed discussion concludes by drawing comparisons and contrasts with the use of iconic books in other cultures, including the observation that Tibetan texts become more sacred through their ritual use.

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Cantwell, Cathy. Seeing, Touching, Holding and Swallowing Tibetan Buddhist Texts. Sensing Sacred Texts. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2018. ISBN 9781781795767. Date accessed: 15 Aug 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.32104. Oct 2018

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