Translating the Ta: Pagoda, Tumulus, and Ritualized Mahāyāna in Seventh-Century China

@article{Miller2018TranslatingTT,
  title={Translating the Ta: Pagoda, Tumulus, and Ritualized Mahāyāna in Seventh-Century China},
  author={Tracy Miller},
  journal={Tang Studies},
  year={2018},
  volume={36},
  pages={120 - 82}
}
This essay examines the relationship between pagodas and tombs in Medieval China through a close reading of the “Preface to the Sūtra on the Merits of Constructing a ta, as Spoken by the Buddha” (Foshuo zaota gongde jingxu 佛說造塔功德經序), written by the Silla monk Woncheuk 圓測 (613–696), and an investigation into the cultural environment of the monk himself. Working in and around the cosmopolitan world of court-sponsored Buddhism in both Chang’an and Luoyang, Woncheuk was strongly influenced by Tath… Expand
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Email: tracy.g
    Her research focuses on ritual art and architecture in China during the sixth-thirteenth centuries
      Zhongguo gudai jianzhushi, 211. This is similar to stipulations in the Bṛ hat Samhita