"Buddha's Word: The Life of Books in Tibet and Beyond" is Cambridge's first museum exhibition of tibetan art and artefacts, showcasing unique items from the collections of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Cambridge University Library. This catalogue to accompany the exhibition is the most complete publication to date of MAA's Tibetan and Buddhist collections, including artefacts and research published for the first time.
Specialist articles by leading international researchers draw on cutting edge research to explore the complex materialities and social efficacy of sacred books - as supports for Buddha's words and relics with their own potency and agency, and as travelling texts that have undergone and enacted dramatic transformations in their journeys across Asia: from manuscript to printing and from palm leaves to digital dharma.
"Buddha's Word" is co-authored by curators Hildegard Diemberger, Mark Elliott and Michela clemente, with contributions by Alessandro Boesi, James Canary, Daniele Cuneo, Camillo Formigatti, Imre Galambos, Agniezska Helman-Wasny, Stephen Hugh-Jones, Craig Jamieson, Peter Kornicki, Filippo Lunardo, Sukit Sivasundaram, Anuradha Pallipurath, Karma Phuntsho, Paola Ricciardi, Alex Ruiz-Falques and Tomasz Wasny.
156 Pages with 181 illustrations.
Buddha's Word, a collaboration between the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology and the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit of the University of Cambridge, is generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the frederick Williamson Memorial Fund, with support from University of Cambridge Museums and Arts Council England.