Meta-Discourse on the Teachings from the Treasury (Abidharmakosha-Bhashya)

Meta-Discourse on the Teachings from the Treasury (Abidharmakosha-Bhashya)

阿毘達磨倶舎論

1100s

Handscroll; gold and silver on indigo-dyed paper

Overall: 26.4 x 670.6 cm (10 3/8 x 264 in.)

Worcester R. Warner Collection 1916.1060

Location

Exhibition

Rinpa (琳派) (Japanese gallery rotation)

Description

This religious text relates some of the teachings of the great fourth-century Indian Buddhist scholar Vasubhandhu. The text analyzes human consciousness in its relationship to the environment and transformations that occur during meditation. This scroll is the 17th part of a 30-part translation of the text by Xuanzang, an eminent seventh-century Chinese monk. The frontispiece depicts the Buddha Shakyamuni preaching in a paradisical landscape.

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