The Frozen River
Seeking Solace in the Himalaya
In 1976 James Crowden left his career in the British Army to live among the Zangskari people of the northern Himalaya for the best part of a year. He recounts how he immersed himself in a community almost untouched by the outside world, with monasteries, meditation and week-long mountain festivals set amid a frozen landscape where silence and solitude are part of the fabric of existence.
The Spread of Buddhism Through Asia
Documenting the life of Buddhism’s spiritual centres in the 21st century, this collection of photographs follows the religion’s geographical expansion from its origins in northern India to Indonesia in the south and Japan in the east. The journey takes in famous sites including Shaolin, with its legendary Kung Fu monks, and the temple of Angkor Wat, in addition to mountain landscapes, Buddha statues of many sizes and scenes of pilgrimage and monastic activity.
Paths to Perfection
Buddhist Art at the Freer | Sackler
Although the Buddha himself was not depicted directly for several centuries, Buddhism’s success owes much to the visual arts across cultures, from India and Nepal to Japan and Indonesia. More than 100 items are illustrated in this guide, including buddhas, bodhisattvas, mandalas and ritual objects. All are now in the Smithsonian’s Asian art collections, whose curators and scholars provide the descriptions and contextual information.
The Buddha and Dr Führer
An Archaeological Scandal
When a casket was excavated near the India-Nepal border in 1898, archaeologist Dr Führer helped confirm that its inscription declared it to contain the Buddha’s ashes. This account of the discovery focuses on the ensuing scandal, in which a local British magistrate accused Führer of selling bogus relics from the site. Off-mint.
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. With 35 years’ experience as a geographer and photographer, David Zurick explores this sacred landscape in a sequence of 100 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.