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Buddhism: A Select Bibliography

9. Buddhism and the Arts

Addiss, Stephen. The Art of Zen: Painting and Calligraphy by Japanese Monks, 1600-1925. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998.
Avedon, John F., ed. The Buddha’s Art of Healing: Tibetan Paintings Rediscovered. New York: Rizzoli, 1998.
Awakawa, Yasuichi (John Bester, trans.). Zen Painting. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1978.
Baker, Ian A. and Thomas Laird. The Dalai Lama’s Secret Temple: Tantric Wall Paintings from Tibet. London: Thames and Hudson, 2000.
Barnet, Sylvan and William Burto. Zen Ink Paintings. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1982.
Baskett, Mary W. Footprints of the Buddha. Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia Museum of Art,1980.
Beer, Robert. The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs. Boston, MA: Shambhala, 1999.
Behl, Benoy K. The Ajanta Caves: Artistic Wonder of Ancient Buddhist India. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998.
Bentor, Yael. Consecration of Images and Stupas in Indo-Tibetan Tantric Buddhism. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1997.
Berkson, Carmel. The Caves at Aurangabad: Early Buddhist Tantric Art in India. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1987.
Bhattacharya, Benoytosh. The Indian Buddhist Iconography, Mainly Based on the Sadhanamala and Other Cognate Tantric Texts of Rituals. London: Humphrey Milford/Oxford University Press, 1924.
Brauen, Martin, ed. (Martin Willson, trans.). Deities of Tibetan Buddhism: The Zurich Paintings of the Icons Worthwhile to See. Boston, MA: Wisdom, 2000.
Brauen, Martin (Martin Willson, trans.). The Mandala: Sacred Circle in Tibetan Buddhism. Boston, MA: Shambhala, 1997.
Brinker, Helmut. Zen in the Art of Painting. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1987.
Bryant, Barry and the Namgyal Monastery. The Wheel of Time Sand Mandala: Visual Scripture of Tibetan Buddhism. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion, revised ed., 2004.
Bunce, Frederick W. An Encyclopedia of Buddhist Deities, Demigods, Godlings, Saints, and Demons with Special Focus on Iconographic Attributes, 2 Vols. New Delhi: D.K. Printworld, 1994.
Chandra, Lokesh. Dictionary of Buddhist Iconography, 2 Vols. New Delhi: Aditya Prakashan, revised ed., 1999.
Cook, Elizabeth and Yeshe De Project editorial team. The Stupa: Sacred Symbol of Enlightenment. Berkeley, CA: Dharma Publ., 1997.
Coomaraswamy, Ananda K. Elements of Buddhist Iconography. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1972.
Coomaraswamy, Ananda K. The Origin of the Buddha Image. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1980.
Cummings, Joe (text) and Bill Wassman (photographer). Buddhist Stupas in Asia: The Shape of Perfection. Melbourne: Lonely Planet Publ., 2001.
Cunningham, Alexander. Stupa of Bharhut. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharial Publ., 1998.
Cunningham, Michael R., et al. (The Cleveland Museum of Art) Buddhist Treasures from Nara. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1999.
Dagyab Rinpoche (Maurice Walshe, trans.). Buddhist Symbols in Tibetan Culture. Boston, MA:
Wisdom, 1995.
Dallapiccola, Anna, ed. The Stupa: Its Religious, Historical and Architectural Significance. Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1980.
Davidson, J. Leroy. The Lotus Sutra in Chinese Art: A Study in Buddhist Art to the Year 1000. New Haven CT: Yale University Press, 1954.
Dehejia, Vidya. Early Buddhist Rock Temples. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1972.
Dorjee, Pema. Stupa and Its Technology: A Tibeto-Buddhist Perspective. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass/New Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 1996.
Fisher, Robert E. Buddhist Art and Architecture. London: Thames and Hudson, 1993.
Frédéric, Louis. Buddhism: Flammarion Iconographic Guides. New York: Flammarion, 1995.
Furuta, Shokin. Sengai: Master Zen Painter. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 2000.
Gaulier, S., R. Jera-Bezard and M. Maillard. Buddhism in Afghanistan and Central Asia. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1976.
Goepper, Roger. Alchi: Ladakh’s Hidden Buddhist Sanctuary. London: Serindia, 1996.
Gómez, Luis O., ed. Barabudur: History and Significance of a Buddhist Monument. Berkeley, CA:
Asian Humanities Press, 1981.
Gömpojab (mGon-po-skyabs, Chinese trans.) (Cai Jingfeng, English trans.). The Buddhist Canon of Iconometry. Ulm, Germany: Fabri Verlag, 2000.
Govinda, Lama Anagarika. Psycho-Cosmic Symbolism of the Buddhist Stupa. Berkeley, CA:
Dharma Publ., 1976.
Gray, Basil (J.B. Vincent, photographer). Buddhist Cave Paintings at Tun-Huang. London: Faber and Faber, 1959.
Gutschow, Niels. The Nepalese Caitya: 1500 Years of Buddhist Votive Architecture in the Kathmandu Valley. Berlin: Axel Menges, 1997.
Hallade, Madeleine. Gandharan Art of North India and the Graeco-Buddhist Tradition in India, Persia, and Central Asia. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1968.
Heine, Steven. A Blade of Grass: Japanese Poetry and Aesthetics in Dogen Zen. New York: Peter Lang, 1989.
Heller, Amy. Tibetan Art: Tracing the Development of Spiritual Ideals and Art in Tibet, 600-2000 A.D. Milano: Jaca Books, 2000.
Hirota, Dennis, ed. Wind in the Pines: Classic Writings of the Way of Tea as a Buddhist Path. Fremont, CA: Asian Humanities Press, 1995.
Huntington, Susan L. and John C. Huntington. Leaves from the Bodhi Tree: The Art of Pala India (8th-12th centuries) and Its International Legacy. Seattle, WA: The Dayton Art Institute, 1990.
Ishida, Mosaku, et al. Japanese Buddhist Prints. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1964.
Jackson, David P. A History of Tibetan Painting: The Great Tibetan Painters and Their Traditions.
Wien: Verlag Der Österreichischen Akademie Der Wissenschaften, 1996.
Jackson, David P. and Janice A. Jackson. Tibetan Thangka Painting: Methods and Materials. London: Serindia Publ., 1984.
Jacques, Claude and Michael Freeman. Angkor: Cities and Temples. Bangkok: River Books, 2001.
Jansen, Eva Rudy. The Book of Buddhas: Ritual Symbolism used on Buddhist Statuary and Ritual Objects. Diever, Holland: Binkey Kok Publ., 1990.
Johnson, Kent and Craig Paulenich, eds. Beneath a Single Moon: Buddhism in Contemporary American Poetry. Boston, MA: Shambhala, 1991.
Karetsky, Patricia Eichenbaum. Chinese Buddhist Art. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Karetsky, Patricia Eichenbaum. Early Buddhist Narrative Art: Illustrations of the Life of the Buddha from Central Asia to China, Korea, and Japan. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2000.
Kinnard, Jacob N. Imagining Wisdom: Seeing and Knowing in the Art of Indian Buddhism. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2001.
Klimburg-Slater, Deborah E., ed. The Silk Route and the Diamond Path: Buddhist Esoteric Art on the Trans-Himalayan Trade Routes. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Arts Council, 1982.
Knox, Robert. Amaravati: Buddhist Sculpture from the Great Stupa. London: The British Museum Press, 1992.
Kobayashi, Takeshi. Nara Buddhist Art: Todai-ji. New York: Weatherhill, 1975.
Kossack, Steven M., Jane Casey Singer and Robert Bruce-Gardner. Sacred Visions: Early Paintings from Central Tibet. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1999.
LaFleur, William R. Awesome Nightfall: The Life, Times, and Poetry of Saigyo. Boston, MA: Wisdom, 2004.
Landaw, Jonathan and Andy Weber. Images of Enlightenment: Tibetan Art in Practice. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion, 1993.
Lauf, Detlef Ingo. Tibetan Sacred Art: The Heritage of Tantra. Berkeley, CA: Shambhala, 1976.
Leksukhum, Santi (Gilles Mermet, photographer). Temples of Gold: Seven Centuries of Thai Buddhist Paintings. New York: George Braziller, 2001.
Leoshko, Janice, ed. Bodhgaya: The Site of Enlightenment. Bombay: Marg Publ., 1987.
Linrothe, Rob. Ruthless Compassion: Wrathful Deities in Early Indo-Tibetan Esoteric Buddhist Art. London: Serindia Publ., 1999.
Little, Stephen. Visions of the Dharma: Japanese Buddhist Paintings and Prints in the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Honolulu, HI: Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1991.
McArthur, Meher. Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols. London: Thames and Hudson, 2002.
Malandra, Geri H. Unfolding the Mandala: The Buddhist Caves at Ellora. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1993.
Mammitzsch, Ulrich. Evolution of the Garbhadhatu Mandala. New Delhi: Aditya Prakashan, 1991.
Marshall, Sir John. The Buddhist Art of Gandhara. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1960.
Mizuno, Seiichi. Asuka Buddhist Art: Horyu-Ji. New York: Weatherhill, 1974.
Moore, Elizabeth, Hansjörg Mayer and U win Pe. Shwedagon: Golden Pagoda of Myanmar. London: Thames and Hudson, 1999.
Nehru, Lolita. Origins of the Gandharan Style. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1989.
Okakura, Kakuzo. The Book of Tea. Rutland, VT: Tuttle Publ., 2000.
Okazaki, Joji (Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis, trans.). Pure Land Buddhist Painting. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1977.
Olazaki, Joji. Pure Land Buddhist Painting. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1977.
Olson, Eleanor. Tantric Buddhist Art. New York: China House Gallery, 1974.
Pal, Pratapaditya (with Valrae Reynolds). Art of the Himalayas: Treasures from Nepal and Tibet. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1991.
Pal, Pratapaditya. The Art of Tibet. New York: Asia House Gallery Publ., 1969.
Pal, Pratapaditya. The Arts of Nepal, Part 1: Sculpture. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1974.
Pal, Pratapaditya. The Arts of Nepal, Part 2: Painting. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1978.
Pal, Pratapaditya. A Buddhist Paradise: The Murals of Alchi, Western Himalayas. New Delhi: Ravi Kumar, 1982.
Pal, Pratapaditya. The Light of Asia: The Buddha Sakyamuni in Asian Art. Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1984.
Pal, Pratapaditya (text). Marvels of Buddhist Art: Alchi Ladakh. Hong Kong: Ravi Kumar, 1988.
Pal, Pratapaditya. Tibetan Paintings: A Study of Tibetan Thankas, Eleventh to Nineteenth Centuries.
London and Scranton, PA: Ravi Kumar/Sotheby Publ., 1984.
Pal, Pratapaditya and Julia Meech-Pekarik. Buddhist Book Illuminations. New York: Ravi Kumar, 1988.
Rambach, Pierre. Secret Message of Tantric Buddhism. New York: Rizzoli International Publ., 1979.
Ran, Wei Ancient Chinese Architecture: Buddhist Buildings. New York: Springer-Verlag Wein, 2000.
Rawson, Philip. Sacred Tibet. London: Thames and Hudson, 1991.
Reedy, Chandra L. Himalayan Bronzes: Technology, Style, and Choices. London: Associated University Presses, 1997.
Reynolds, Valrae. From the Sacred Realm: Treasures of Tibetan Art from the Newark Museum. New York: Prestel, 1999.
Rhie, Marilyn M. and Robert A.F. Thurman. Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet. New York: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Tibet House/New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publ., 1991.
Riboud, Marc. Angkor: The Serenity of Buddhism. London: Thames and Hudson, 1999.
Ricca, Franco and Erberto Lo Bue. The Great Stupas of Gyantse: A Complete Tibetan Pantheon of the Fifteenth Century. London: Serindia Publ., 1993.
Sanford, James H., William R. LaFleur and Masatoshi Nagatomi, eds. Flowing Traces: Buddhism in the Literary and Visual Arts of Japan. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1992.
Sarkar, H.C. Studies in Early Buddhist Architecture of India. Delhi: Munshiram Manoharial Publ., 1966.
Saunders, E. Dale. Mudra: A Study of Symbolic Gestures in Japanese Buddhist Sculpture. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1985.
Sawa, Ryuken and Takaaki Sawa. Art in Japanese Esoteric Buddhism. New York: Weatherhill, 1972.
Sen, Shoshitsu, ed. and Alfred Birnbaum, photographer. Chanoyu: The Urasenke Tradition of Tea. New York: Weatherhill, 1989.
Sen Shoshitsu XV (V. Dixon Morris, trans.). The Japanese Way of Tea: From Its Origins in China to Sen Rikyu. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press, 1998.
Seneviratna, Anuradha and Benjamin Polk. Buddhist Monastic Architecture in Sri Lanka. New Delhi: Abhinav, 1997.
Seo, Audrey Yoshiko and Stephen Addiss. The Art of Twentieth Century Zen: Paintings and Calligraphy by Japanese Masters. Boston, MA: Shambhala, 2000.
Sharf, Robert H. and Elizabeth Horton Sharf, eds. Living Images: Japanese Buddhist Icons in Context. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2002.
Shimano, Eido Tai and Kogetsu Tani. Zen Word, Zen Calligraphy. Boston, MA: Shambhala, 1992.
Singer, Jane Casey and Philip Denwood, eds. Tibetan Art: Towards a Definition of Style. London: Laurence King/Alan Marcuson, 1997.
Snodgrass, Adrian. The Symbolism of the Stupa. Ithaca, NY: Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, 1985.
Soni, Sujata. Evolution of Stupas in Burma: Pagan Period, 11th to 12th Centuries A.D. Delhi: Motilal
Banarsidass, 2nd ed., 1998.
Suzuki, Daisetz T. Sengai: The Zen of Ink and Paper. Boston, MA: Shambhala, 1999.
Suzuki, Daisetz T. Zen and Japanese Culture. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1959.
Tanahashi, Kazuaki. Brush Mind: Text, Art, and Design. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press, 1990.
Taneda, Santoka (John Stevens, trans.). Mountain Tasting: Zen Haiku by Santoka Taneda. New York: Weatherhill, 1980.
ten, Grotenhuis. Japanese Mandalas: Representations of Sacred Geography. Honolulu, HI: University
of Hawaii Press, 1999.
Tucci, Giuseppe (Uma Marina Vesci, trans. and Lokesh Chandra, ed.). Stupa: Art Architectonics, and Symbolism. New Delhi: Aditya Prakashan, 1988.
Tulku, Tarthang. Sacred Art of Tibet. Berkeley, CA: Dharma Publ., revised ed., 1988.
Vitali, Roberto. Early Temples of Central Tibet. London: Serindia, 1990.
Washizuka, Hiromitsu and Roger Goepper. Enlightenment Embodied: The Art of the Japanese Buddhist Sculptor. New York: Japan Society Gallery, 1997.
Weidner, Marsha Smith, et al., eds. Latter Days of the Law: Images of Chinese Buddhism, 850-1850. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press, 1994.
Weiner, Sheila L. Ajanta: Its Place in Buddhist Art. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1977.
Woodward, Hiram W., Jr. The Sacred Sculpture of Thailand: The Alexander B. Griswold Collection.
Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1997.
Wray, Elizabeth, Clare Rosenfeld and Dorothy Baly. Ten Lives of the Buddha: Siamese Temple
Painting and Jataka Tales. Tokyo: Weatherhill, 1972.