Treasures of the Buddha: the glories of sacred Asia
A photographic celebration of the greatest Buddhist art and monuments – in the context of history, belief and ritual
Buddhism is one of the world’s great living faiths, as well as one of its oldest. Initially spreading throughout Asia, over the centuries it triumphed not by the might of military conquest but by virtue of its revolutionary ideas and profound insights.
Treasures of the Buddha presents, in stunning colour photographs, a vivid portrait of this venerable religion and its great treasures – from its place of origin in northern India and out through its diffusion among the different kingdoms and empires of central, southern and eastern Asia. This book looks at each geographical region in turn and examines Buddhism’s influence on and contribution to the culture, its incredible legacy of artefacts and monuments, and the meaning of the faith’s exquisite devotional paintings and sacred emblems.