BUDDHISM

 Buddhism through Art

 

The least militant of faiths, Buddhism lays emphasis upon gentleness, compassion and self-denial. Buddha is an historical figure, who lived several centuries before Christ. In the temples of the East he is portrayed in many poses, each of profound significance to believers.

By studying the 30 images in this 66 page pdf document, students can become familiar with the historic background within which the religion has evolved.

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LIST OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

Part 1 — LIFE AND SPIRITUAL JOURNEY OF THE BUDDHA-TO-BE

Part 2 — THE WORLD’S KINGDOMS OFFERED AND REFUSED BEFORE ENLIGHTENMENT

Part 3 —THE BUDDHA LIKENS HIMSELF TO A DOCTOR

Part 4 — BASIC ELEMENTS OF THE BUDDHA’S MESSAGE

Part 5 — THE ROLE OF ITS ART IN THE SPREAD OF BUDDHISM

Part 6 — WHERE RELICS OF THE BUDDHA WERE ENSHRINED

Part 7 — FIRST WE MUST UNDERSTAND OURSELVES, SAYS BUDDHISM

Part 8 — FUTURE OF THE WORLD COMMUNITY OF BUDDHISM

Part 9 — TEACHING AND CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

MAP

Part 10 — LOOKING AT THE IMAGES
Queen Maya’s Dream
Gautama and his wife Yashodhara
Gautama leaving the palace on his horse Kanhaka
In a previous life the Buddha prepares to renounce his throne
The Lotus Pool at Bodh Gaya
Mara’s army attacking Gautama
Buddha touches the earth with his hand
An earth-touching Buddha seated on a double lotus throne
Wheel of Law
Reclining Buddha
Meditating Buddha
Death of the Buddha (Parinirvana)
Head of a Buddha
The Diamond Sutra
Maitreya
Avalokiteshvara
The bodhisattva Tara
The bodhisattva Manjushri
The oldest existing stupa at Sanchi
The Shwedagon Pagoda
Wheel of Life
Scene from an album of illustrations
Yamantaka
The gesture of explanation (vitarka mudra)
Reliquary stupa of the 16th Karmapa
A standing Buddha
A novice accepting the Buddhist robe
Monks on their early morning alms round
Tibetan pilgrims at the Potala Palace
Typical Buddhist garden, Japan

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