A Three-Dimensional Mandala? An Analysis of the Tabo Main Temple

The UCLA Department of Art History and UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies present a talk by Christian Luczanits (University of California, Berkeley)

Friday, March 04, 2005
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
243 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The Tabo Main Temple can be read in its totality with an underlying mandala concept, a Vajradhatumaala, can be identified for a considerable portion of the temple. At the same time the conception of the temple as mandala is overlapped by a mainly hierarchical organization within and across the spatial units of the temple, turning the emphasis to a progressive elevation of the successive spaces. Crossing the temple from the entrance to the Cella in the back of the temple the visitor enters increasingly sacred rooms traversing the space of the mandala on his way. How is then the mandala related to the temple and what could be its function?

Christian Luczanits received his M.A. (1994) and Ph.D (1998) at the Institute of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna, Austria, the latter degree under the supervision of the late Maurizio Taddei (Istituto Universitario Orientale, Napoli). His research focuses on art historical topics and is largely based on extensive field research and documentation done in the western Himalayas for more than a decade in the course of different research projects based in Vienna. He has published a number of articles on the early Buddhist monuments, artifacts and inscriptions found in this region. Recently his first book, Buddhist Sculpture in Clay: Early Western Himalayan Art, late 10th to early 13th centuries {http://www.serindia.com/item.cfm/143}, has come out with Serindia at Chicago. Currently he is Visiting Assistant Professor at the UC-Berkeley.
Home page {http://homepage.univie.ac.at/christian.luczanits/}
Research website {http://www.univie.ac.at/itba/}


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