Second volume of Brill Book Series

Second volume of Brill Book Series

We are pleased to announce the release of the second volume in a new series published by Brill: The Transnational Cult of Mount Wutai. The series editors include Susan Andrews, Jinhua Chen, and Guang Kuan. Several project participants are also contributors, including T.H. Barrett, Sheng Kai, Yinggang Sun, and Dewei Zhang. For more information or to order, please visit


The Transnational Cult of Mount Wutai explores the pan-East Asian significance of sacred Mount Wutai from the Northern Dynasties to the present day. Offering novel readings of comparatively familiar visual and textual sources and, in many cases, examining unstudied or understudied noncanonical materials, the papers collected here illuminate the roles that both local actors and individuals dwelling far beyond Mount Wutai’s borders have played in its making and remaking as a holy place for more than fifteen hundred years. The work aims to contribute to our understanding of the ways that sacred geography is made and remade in new places and times.

Contributors are: Yinggang Sun, Geoffrey Goble, Guang Kuan, Dewei Zhang, Robert Borgen, Isabelle Charleux, Wen-shing Chou, Peter Zieme, T.H. Barrett, Ester Bianchi, Sheng Kai, Beth Szczepanski, Sun-ah Choi, Imre Hamar, Susan Andrews, Sangyop Lee, Wei-Cheng Lin.


Table of Content:


Introduction (Pages: 1–19)
Authors: Susan Andrews and Jinhua Chen

  1. From Mount Wutai to the Seven Jewel Tower: Monk Degan and Political Propaganda of the Wuzhou Period  (Pages: 21–50)
    Author: Yinggang Sun
  2. Faith and Realpolitik: Tang Dynasty Esoteric Buddhism at Mount Wutai (Pages: 51–73)
    Author: Geoffrey Goble
  3. Monastic Officials on Wutai Shan under the Ming dynasty (Pages: 74–97)
    Author: Guang Kuan
  4. Beyond Seeking for Sacredness: Shedding New Light on the Carving of the Jiaxing Canon on Mount Wutai (Pages: 98–124)
    Author: Dewei Zhang
  5. A Japanese Pilgrim’s Visit to Wutai in the Winter of 1072 (Pages: 127–169)
    Author: Robert Borgen
  6. The Pilgrimage Account of Duke Miγvačir of Alaša to Mount Wutai in 1938 (Pages: 170–196)
    Author: Isabelle Charleux
  7. Visions in Translation: A Qing-Gelukpa Guidebook to Mount Wutai (Pages: 197–222)
    Author: Wen-shing Chou
  8. Mount Wutai and Mañjuśrī in Old Uigur Buddhism (Pages: 223–237)
    Author: Peter Zieme
  9. How Important is Mount Wutai? Sacred Space in a Zen Mirror (Pages: 238–253)
    Author: T.H. Barrett
  10. Lama Nenghai’s Imprint on Mount Wutai: Sino-Tibetan Buddhism among the Five Plateaus since the 1930s (Pages: 255–287)
    Author: Ester Bianchi
  11. The Pure Land Teachings of Fazhao and the Mañjuśrī Cult of Mount Wutai (Pages: 288–305)
    Author: Sheng Kai
  12. Fazhao, Jin Bifeng, and Constructed Histories of Buddhist Chant and Music at Mount Wutai (Pages: 306–320)
    Author: Beth Szczepanski
  13. The Legacy of the True Visage: The Mañjuśrī Statues at Zhenrong Yuan and Shuxiang Si of Mount Wutai (Pages: 323–351)
    Author: Sun-ah Choi
  14. Khotan and Mount Wutai: The Significance of Central Asian Actors in the Making of the Mountain Cult (Pages: 352–366)
    Author: Imre Hamar
  15. Transnational Mountain Cult, Local Religiopolitical and Economic Concerns: Mount Wutai and the Kamakura Period Miracle Tales of Tōnomine (Pages: 367–384)
    Author: Susan Andrews
  16. The Emergence of the “Five-Terrace Mountain” Cult in Korea (Pages: 385–419)
    Author: Sangyop Lee
  17. Flying Mañjuśrī and Moving Mount Wutai Towards the Xi Xia Period: As Seen from Dunhuang Caves (Pages: 420–464)
    Author: Wei-Cheng Lin



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