Published by Visual Center of China Studies of China Academy of Art, Buddhist Stone Sutras in China, Sichuan Province, Volume 1 (Wiesbaden/Hangzhou: Harrassowitz Verlag/China Academy of Art Press, 2014), is awarded the 2015 Toshihide Numata Book Prize issued by Buddhist Research Center of U.C. Berkley.
With world famous sinologist Lothar Ledderose as the chief editor, The Buddhist Stone Sutras series had underwent 10-years’ field studies and researches covering the historical, religious, political and artistic aspects of Buddhist stone sutras in China. The series have four books namely Shandong Province, Sichuan Province, Shaanxi Province and Beijing Fangshan, with totally 16 volumes. The series will be completed by 2020, and Harrassowitz Verlag will in charge of its oversea’s publication.
The series is a result of research collaboration between China Academy of Art and Heidelberg Academy of Science and Humanities. The key members of editing and research group including: Lothar Ledderose Academician of Visual Center of Chinese Studies of CAA, Jessica Rawson who was the vice president of Oxford University and also Academician of Visual Center of Chinese Studies of CAA, Professor Bi Fei of CAA, Professor Sun Hua of Peking University, and Professor Wang Yongbo of Shangdong Stone Carving Art Museum, etc.
Below is the Congratulation Letter sent from the Toshihide Numata Book Prize:
The Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is pleased to announce that the winners of the 2015 Toshihide Numata Book Prize are Lothar Ledderose and Sun Hua for their edited volume, Buddhist Stone Sutras in China, Sichuan Province, Volume 1 (Wiesbaden/Hangzhou: Harrassowitz Verlag/China Academy of Art Press, 2014).
The Toshihide Numata Book Prize in Buddhism is awarded on an annual basis to an outstanding book or books in the area of Buddhist studies. The selection is made by an external committee that is appointed annually. The members of this year’s committee were enthusiastic in their praise of Buddhist Stone Sutras in China. One member wrote that it is “opening a new chapter in the study of Chinese Buddhist ‘Stone Sutras’, by establishing a very fruitful methodological approach to these complex sources. As such, it has far-reaching positive implications for the field at large and represents (especially as part of a general project) an important contribution to the study of Chinese Buddhism as a whole, encompassing areas as diverse as textual studies, archaeology, religious practices and material culture.” Another commented that it “represents a model of successful cooperation between Chinese and Western scholars; the bilingual presentation is particularly noteworthy from this point of view, as it makes the book accessible to a wider scholarly public.”
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