tirsdag 28. april 2020

Buddhist art: These ancient images are more timely than you think

What was the Buddha's great wisdom, and how do the artworks of the Buddhist tradition convey it to us today. Buddhist art has been created over two millennia across India, China, Japan and throughout Asia, and takes some distinctive forms in various regions, but generally speaking it was created to guide followers of the Buddha, known as "the Awakened One," in their religious practice.

Whether they depict the Buddha himself, episodes from his life, or boddhisattvas (those who have taken a vow to seek enlightenment), this art was meant to inspire the Buddha's devotees and remind them of his teachings, whose core message is about compassion and the path to relieving suffering.