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Library JournalPhotographer Ortner (Where Every Breath Is a Prayer) compiled this collection of over 150 color images of Buddhist artwork taken on his travels in Southeast Asia. Most show Buddha statues or the temples containing them, and even a cursory glance gives the viewer a sense of the vast number of sites and objects that exist. Some photos offer a sense of scale as well, such as the image of a monk dwarfed by the great stupa at Sri Ksetra. The book is beautifully designed, with Buddha sayings interspersed among the images, so it can be randomly and rewardingly opened and reopened often. A closing section gives additional information on some of the images and sites. The introduction by Jack Kornfield, a Buddhist monk and cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, is a succinct retelling of the Buddha story; the author's foreword is somewhat extraneous. Buddha is strongest when the images are allowed to speak for themselves.Verdict A fine collection of images and sayings that will appeal to general readers, photographers, and, to a lesser extent, experienced Buddhist practitioners.—Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll., NY
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