As its teachings spread from the Indian subcontinent in all directions across Asia, Buddhism influenced every culture it touched from to Java. Buddhist art is a radiant reflection of the encounter of the Buddha s teachings with the diverse civilizations that came under their sway. It is also an intriguing visual record of the evolution of Buddhist practice and philosophy over a period of more than two millennia. More than two hundred photographs provide the visual context for this tour of the world of Buddhist art. Included in the rich variety of forms are architecture and monumental art, statuary, paintings, calligraphy, fresco, brushwork, and textile arts. Denise Leidy s guide is the perfect introductory text for all those intrigued by this splendid aesthetic tradition. It also an essential resource for all who seek to understand Buddhist art as teaching.
V. Kozlov has been fascinated by Buddhism for the last thirty years. Since 1997 he has been conducting retreats in many countries where Buddhism was significant as a religious system (Thailand, Laos, Burma, Malaysia, Mongolia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Republic of Buryatia). This book is a result of both theoretical research and deep immersion in the Vipassana, Tantric practices and psychotechnics of various Buddhist schools, which V. Kozlov has practiced in different countries around the world. Buddhism is the oldest of the three world's religions and the most complicated in terms of philosophical, psychological and mythological constructs. The psychology of Buddhism is the area of Buddhology which scrutinizes psychological properties, mechanisms and states of consciousness. These concepts are the constituents of Buddhism and not represented as a separate discipline. Especially interesting in this book is the practices of Buddhism described from the point of view of modern applied psychology. This book is for those who want to get a clear picture of the mythology, philosophy and psychology of Buddhism.