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The Tripitaka Koreana of Haeinsa

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The Tripitaka Koreana of Haeinsa


Author: Susanna Woo Seierup

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The Tripitaka Koreana is a national treasure housed in the Haeinsa Temple in Hapcheon-Gun, South Korea. Since the Tripitaka was first composed on the Korean peninsula during the Goryeo dynasty, it has been commonly called the "Tripitaka Koreana." It is also called the Palman Daejanggyeong. It comprises the entire Buddhist canon carved into 81,258 wooden tablets that date back to the 13th century and represents the oldest Buddhist text still existing in the world. Each birch wood block was soaked in seawater for three years, boiled and then exposed to the elements for another three years, to harden it and prevent decay, before being carved. The halls where the tablets are stored, on open wooden racks, are oriented to allow natural ventilation to keep them in a constant state of stasis.

As such, this archive is a perfect example of model of sensitivity to the environment, and the depth of traditional wisdom, providing important lessons about how architecture can seamlessly integrate with nature.

 Prof. Susanna Seierup, who teaches history at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, has obtained rare, original documentation about this remarkable human achievement from the Monks who protect and care for the library. This includes measured drawings and rare photographs, provided by the Temple administration itself, which are presented here for the first time.


ISBN: 9780986281839
Library of Congress Control Number: 2015914461

Format :8 x 8 inches, (20.32x20.32 cm) Binding: Casebound with jacket,180 pages. Illustrations: Colour with black and white site plan, plans, sections and elevations.