Borobudur: Golden Tales of the Buddhas

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Tuttle Publishing, 1990 - Religion - 157 pages
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With vivid photography, and insightful commentary, this travel pictorial shines a light on the Buddhist art and architecture of Borobudur.

The glorious ninth–century Buddhist stupa of Borobudur—the largest Buddhist monument in the world—stands in the midst of the lush Kedu Plain of Central Java in Indonesia, where it is visited annually by over a million people.

Borobudur contains more than a thousand exquisitely carved relief panels extending along its many terraces for a total distance of more than a kilometer. These are arranged so as to take the visitor on a spiritual journey to enlightenment, and one ascends the monument past scenes depicting the world of desire, the life story of Buddha, and the heroic deeds of other enlightened beings—finally arriving at the great circular terraces at the top of the structure that symbolize the formless world of pure knowledge and perfection.
 

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I found this book whilst staying at Lotus II in Borobudur in 2012 for two weeks. I used it constantly whilst I was there and it was a wonderful aid in trying to understand the complicated iconography at the Temple. Once back in Australia I decided that I needed to own a copy of this book myself so I searched for it and found it on the net. I use this book often and keep finding more things as I revisit the pages. If this amazing temple speaks to you then this book will be a helpful guide.
Ruth Venner
 

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I'll probably never get to visit this mysterious and beautiful place, but this book is the next best thing. There are beautiful photographs on every page, and lots of interesting text as well. I'm so glad I found it!

Contents

Photographers Preface
12
Buddhism in India and Beyond
18
Building Borobudur
25
Indonesia Reclaims Borobudur
31
PART II
39
Architectural History
46
The Buddha Statues
53
PART III
61
The Jatakas and Avadanas
71
The Lalitavistara
97
The Gandavyuha
127
Appendix
146
Bibliography
154
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John Miksic is now professor of history at the National University of Singapore.

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