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The Architecture Of The Empty Shells Of Nyar Ma

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This chapter focuses on two buildings within the Nyar ma compound: (1) The Nyar ma Main Temple (NMT), a large complex consisting of many parts, situated in the northwest, which appears to be the most important temple. (2) The Mchod rten Temple (CT), situated in the southern part of the walled compound, contains segments of a mchod rten inside its cella area. By utilising these two monuments as examples, the chapter analyses the geometry of the architectural forms and reconstructs the process of their architectural design in order to examine the transformation of the ideal Buddhist conceptualisation of space, the maṇḍala, into an architectural plan.

Keywords: ancient Buddhist architecture; ideal Buddhist conceptualisation; Mchod rten Temple (CT); Nyar ma Main Temple (NMT) architecture; western Himalayas



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