In modern Chinese Buddhism, Dizang is especially popular as the sovereign of the underworld. Often represented as a monk wearing a royal crown, Dizang awaits the faithful to help them navigate the complex underworld bureaucracy, avert the sufferings of hells, and arrive at the happy realm of rebirth. The Making of a Savior Bodhisattva: Dizang in Medieval China, by Zhiru, examines this important Buddhist deity during his formative period—before he settled into his modern role as beneficent ruler of the underworld, when his iconography and hagiography were still rife with possibilities.
August 2007 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3045-8 / $50.00 (CLOTH)
Kuroda Institute Studies in East Asian Buddhism, No. 21
Published in association with the Kuroda Institute
“This is a welcome, important, and very helpful study of a hitherto poorly understood topic, and will remain the standard work of reference on the distinctively Chinese development of this important bodhisattva figure for years to come.” —Robert Campany, University of Southern California