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Back Book Title Ratnakar Mahavihara : A Vajrayana Buddhist Monastery of Patan

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Ratnakar Mahavihara : A Vajrayana Buddhist Monastery of Patan
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- Thapa , Shanker
- India
- Adroit Publishers, New Delhi
- 8187392665
- 2005
- 182 p.; 21 cm. Includes Bibliography and Index
- 510 gms.
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This book is about Vajrayana Buddhist Vihara of Nepal. It is situated in Patan. Since Vihara is very important in Newar Buddhism, the book focuses on theoretical aspect of Vihara in Buddhism. The book tries to trace out the history of Buddhism in Nepal. Lichhivi period was the golden time for Buddhism to prosper. A detailed analysis of historical aspect of Nepalese Buddhism is made. Similarly, general features of Nepalese Viharas are also analysed. Historical as well as ritual and Puja performed in the Ratnakar Mahavihar, which is popularly known as Hakha Baha among the Newars, is also analysed. Similarly, the architectural features as well as art of the Vihara is also dealt in the book

   
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Preface .....7 1. Introduction ....11 2. The Rise of the Vihara in Buddhism ....16 3. History of Nepalese Buddhism ....34 4. General Features of Nepalese Viharas ....64 5. Ratnakar Mahavihara of Patan ....72 6. Rituals and Puja in the Vihara ...112 7. The Kumari Tradition ...124 8. Structural Characteristics ...133 9. Conclusion ...146 Glossary ...153 Appendices ...157 Select Bibliography ...167 Index ...177

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