文&創 Beautiful Historic Libraries: The Tripitaka Koreana

沒有回台灣一陣子,最近台北南港又開發了大型的購物中心,整區有南港火車站citylink與中信商場,有著新穎的商場和大型的LED帷幕。那個LED帷幕讓我想到了幾年前到北京世貿商城的天偕,當時覺得很震撼,但是不久到拉斯維加斯也發現類似的天幕。看到台北現在也有了。理應為自己的家鄉跟得上潮流覺得雀躍,但是卻莫名地提不起勁。

剛好看到這篇文章介紹南韓一座9世紀建造的寺廟至今保有著80,000多片木刻的原始大藏經。因未保留完整,目前中國、日本與台灣使用的大藏經皆源於此。據說是高麗高宗為祈願降伏蒙古軍,雕造大藏經尋求神助,非常有意思。但也因此得以保留至今。高麗大藏經涵括北宋,契丹和高麗的大藏經版本,並有高麗高僧所添加的內容,對了解古代中國和契丹的大藏經具有很高的歷史價值。這個世界上最重要藏經之一的文化遺產是韓國人的驕傲。

當我們在無法創新而一為追逐潮流時,保留就變成了一件重要的事情。在千年後,就會為當時的歷史留下一份紀錄。不知道千年後這種LED帷幕有人會保留下來嗎?

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Many of the bucket lists of beautiful libraries seem to focus on Western heritage libraries. But books can take many forms, especially early books, which dramatically influences the way they are preserved, displayed and studied. If we define a book as anything that can be written on, then books can take the form of clay tablets, scrolls, leaves, stones, silk or papyrus. Each of these must be kept safely; yet be accessible for scholars to study.

 

The Tripitaka Koreana in storage at Haeinsa. Image Courtesy of Lauren Heckler

 

The Tripitaka Koreana, a priceless collection of Buddhist scripture, is currently housed at Haeinsa Temple in South Gyeongsang Province. These timber printing blocks, a complete set of the Buddhist scriptures, make up one of the oldest intact libraries of the world. 

Image Courtesy of san-shin.net

Surrounded by the towering Mt. Gaya, the temple has served as the home of…

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