Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

50. Why do Buddhists Make Art?

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Christian Luczanits
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There is no term for “art” in Buddhist literature. Instead, the terms used make clear that what we understand as art today was made for a purpose. Buddhist texts also rarely explain this purpose, so the information has to be pieced together from scant references and the visual evidence itself. In the following, I focus on the Buddhist art of India and Tibet and consider the purpose of art parallel to the historical development of Buddhism.

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Luczanits, Christian. 50. Why do Buddhists Make Art?. Buddhism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 248-253 Nov 2021. ISBN 9781800500907. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40789. Date accessed: 22 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40789. Nov 2021

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