Transmitting the Forms of Divinity
Early Buddhist Art from Korea and Japan
Buddhism was introduced to Japan by an emissary from Korea’s Paekche kingdom around the year 538. The region’s early Buddhist culture is the subject of the 15 essays in this volume, the illustrated catalogue of a major exhibition on the two states’ formative links. In particular, the authors draw on recently discovered evidence to present new theories about the transformation of Buddhist art and architecture in Korea and Japan between the sixth and ninth centuries.
Making Sense of Buddhist Art & Architecture
This guide to Buddhist architecture and iconography, from caves, pagodas, stupas and temples, to carvings, illustrations, mandalas and statues, interprets the forms and symbolism of 100 key historic sites and artworks with reference to the beliefs and narratives of the religion. Illustrated with full-page colour photography, each entry includes precise dates, dimensions and materials used, with a spiritual quotation and a sidebar indicating related works.
Land of Pure Vision
The Sacred Geography of Tibet and the Himalaya
The spiritual traditions of Buddhism are imprinted on the landscape of the Himalayas like a cosmographical map. Drawing on 35 years’ experience as a geographer and photographer, David Zurick explores this sacred landscape in a sequence of 100 beautiful black-and-white photographs of its holy places, from the high plateaus of the western Himalaya to the rugged gorges of Tibet’s eastern borderlands. Some are natural – springs, caves, forest groves – others man-made, such as temples and monasteries, but all exude a transcendent calm. Foreword by Éric Valli.
Cambodia, the Buddha and the Naga
Buddhism is more than a religion in Cambodia; it is a comprehensive system for living. This absorbing study, illustrated with colour photographs throughout, describes the Buddha's path to enlightenment, and the role of the naga, or serpent king, in protecting him. Through individual stories, it traces the cycle of death and rebirth, and shows how spirituality informs every aspect of the life of the nation.
Imagination, Magic and Myth
The unique art inspired by Tibet's cultural amalgam of Shamanism and Buddhism is meant to be of specific use and spiritual benefit to everyone. Rawson discusses a wealth of photographs which depict not only the artistic productions of the past but also the activities of the present-day monks who continue ancient traditions, with their mandalas, mantras and meditation offering 'powerful, untarnished and coherent alternatives to Western egotistical lifestyles'.
All is Change
The 2000-Year Journey of Buddhism to the West
The West's embrace of Buddhism, seemingly a relatively recent phenomenon, actually came about over the course of two millennia, despite the obstacles of language, cultural difference and colonial and post-colonial politics. From early exchanges between the ancient Greeks and Indian Buddhists to the current fascination with the Dalai Lama, Sutin describes how the West discovered that Buddhism offers teachings and practices which can be used within disciplines such as Western philosophy, psychology and politics.