Swoyambu: Historical Pictorial

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Item Code: IDJ025
Language: English
Edition: 1985
Pages: 90 (Black & White illus 62)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 9.0 inch x 6.0 inch
Weight 150 gm
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The word 'Swoyambu' means, 'Self - Created. How this meaning applies to the Swoyambu stupa should be clear after reading this text. Living in Nepal for three years and the better part of that time occupying a room near the stupa itself, I came to hear every imaginable explanation of the stupas significance from Nepali guides to foreign tourists. Often, I heard the local priests laugh at these often wrong interpretations. One day a recently completed english summary of an old and respected text, "The Shree Swoyambu Mahachaitya' by Hemaraj Shakya, written in Newari, came my way quite unexpectedly. It is this that is here presented to those interested in knowing what the 'Swoyambu Stupa', is.

The, one hundred and thirty one photos in this book, should be of interest, not only to the curious visitor, but also, as they represent what is significant in Nepal's Mahayana Buddhism, a valuable text for Buddhist adepts and scholars. I have tried to show in these photos all the varieties of chaityas and images to be found on 'Swoyambu's twin peaked hillock.

The work done of organizing, and accurately summarizing this difficult text, (Shree Swoyambhu Mahachaitya) could only have been done by a scholar - priest. My thanks to Mr. Nunche B. Bajracharya who systematized and eloquently stated the material. That he has a thorough understanding of the subject matter will be evident to every reader.

Mr. Collins Painter has headed english departments and teacher training pogramess throughout the world. For many years he has also been a serious student of Buddhist dharma. The contribution he has made to make this a polished presentation will be evident to the reader.

Table of Contents - Part I
Preface ix
The Origin of Swoyambu1
The Creation of Temples and Tirthas3
Pilgrimage to Swoyambu5
Royal Faith in Swoyambu6
Buddhist Cultural Heritage Originated from Swoyambu7
Five Buddhas: their decendants8
Swoyambu Dharma Dhatu and the Supreame Buddhist Philosophy9
Historical Records of Swoyambu 13
Significance of Swoyambu17
Table of Contents - Part II
Harati Mandir1
Karma Raja Maha Vihar4
Chain Stone10
Akshobhya Buddha Statues11
Deva Avatar bodhisattva12
Shanti Pur14
Vayu Pur17
Nag Pur18
Vasundhara Mandir19
Manjushri Chaitya21
Dhyana Kuti24
Mani Wheels25
Maitri Gumba26
Paschimi Chaitya29
Murti Shangra Laya30
International Buddhist Library35
Geeta Mandir38
Ananta Pur and Pratap Pur40
Dharma Chakra Maha Vihar42
Deva Dharma Maha Vihar43
Ananta Kuti Vihar44
Puran Swoyambu50
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