Iain Sinclair. 2016. ‘The appearance of tantric monasticism in Nepal: a history of the public image and fasting ritual of Newar Buddhism, 980-1380’. Monash University, Melbourne: PhD diss. 418 pp., 90 illustrations, 27 tables. DOI:10.4225/03/58ab8cadcf152
Mori, Masahide 森雅秀. 2017. AIRIP: Asian Iconographic Resources Information Platform「アジア図像集成 情報プラットフォーム」. http://air-p.jp/.
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Updated: 2017/8; an extension of, and formerly noticed under: Asian Iconographic Resources アジア図像集成, http://air.w3.kanazawa-u.ac.jp (also: PDF listings of the Tibetan 500- and 360-deity pantheons).
Acri, Andrea (ed). 2016. Esoteric Buddhism in Mediaeval Maritime Asia: Networks of Masters, Texts, Icons. Nalanda-Sriwijaya Series 27. Singapore: ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. xii+468 pp. ISBN: 978-981-4695-09-1 (whole book, digital), ISBN 978-981-4695-08-4 (print). [PDF: Introduction, Bibliography, Index]
Robson, Stuart (ed & tr). 2016. The Kakawin Ghaṭotkacāśraya by Mpu Panuluh. Javanese Studies: Contributions to the Study of Javanese Literature, Culture and History 3. Tokyo: Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. x+332 pp. ISBN: 978-4-86337-224-5.
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A 12th-century meditation cave with Buddhist sculptures was recently discovered (or rather publicised) near the hamlet of Jireg in East Java. It seems that its contents have already been looted. There is little information about how the dating was reached (the few available images are of the Majapahit style). Offerings appear to have been regularly made by pilgrims.
The Buddhist affiliation of the site is similarly not made clear in news reports. But then there is mention of the “1,500 Buddhists in Bondowoso” — a surviving village of Majapahit Buddhists? Fascinating.
It is predictable that comment on this find fell automatically to Theravādin groups, who of course have no connection whatsoever to the Majapahit era or any other aspect of Indonesia’s Buddhist heritage.
* In other news, Burmese Theravādin monks recently released their hostages.