Buddha

Buddha

by Jon Ortner
     
 

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In the Twenty-five Centuries since the Buddha's death, his profound teachings and path have guided and enlightened millions of lives. The Buddha also has inspired some of the most beautiful and magnificent artistic creations ever produced by humanity. Jon Ortner's photographs of over 150 of these extraordinary works of art grace this volume. From the hundreds of rare

Overview

In the Twenty-five Centuries since the Buddha's death, his profound teachings and path have guided and enlightened millions of lives. The Buddha also has inspired some of the most beautiful and magnificent artistic creations ever produced by humanity. Jon Ortner's photographs of over 150 of these extraordinary works of art grace this volume. From the hundreds of rare Laotian Buddhas filling the Pak Ou Caves to the colossal gold and gem-encrusted Maha Muni Buddha of Mandalay, the Buddha's wisdom, compassion, and serenity are eternally present, Simple but powerful verses from the sacred teachings of the Buddha accompany the photographs. The foreword by Jon Ortner talks about their creation and the introduction by Jack Kornfield gives the reader an understanding of the Buddha's life and influence. Additional notes in the back of the book provide descriptive and historic information on key images.

The Buddha was not a god. He was a human teacher in the sixth century B.C.E. who showed others the path to enlightenment that he discovered. Today there are growing legions of Buddhists in the West with perhaps even greater numbers of non-Buddhists influenced by Buddhist thought and practice. Buddha, filled with exquisite images and verse, is bound in the colors of the monks' robes and foil stamped with an artistic rendition of a lotus, the Buddhist symbol of purity and renewal. It is our hope that it will appeal to practicing Buddhists as well as anyone simply looking for an added measure of beauty and peace in his or her life.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Jack Kornfield provides the historical introduction for photographer Jon Ortner's Buddha, a lavishly illustrated coffee-table book about the "one who is awake." The 175 color photographs depict Buddha statues all over the East, accompanied by verses from the Dhammapada. The book's design is noteworthy, with a vibrant orange satiny cover (inspired by the design of Buddhist monks' robes) stamped with a gold foil lotus. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"A 'must' for both arts and Buddhist collections alike."
- California Bookwatch
Library Journal
Photographer 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780941807289
Publisher:
Welcome Enterprises
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

JON ORTNER has been photographing since the 1970s. His work has appeared in numerous magazines including GEO, Travel & Leisure, and Architectural Digest. He has produced three large format photography books: Manhattan Dawn & Dusk (STC), Where Every Breath Is a Prayer: A Photographic Pilgrimage into the Spiritual Heart of Asia (STC), Angkor, Celestial Temples of the Khmer Empire (Abbeville), and Canyon Wilderness of the Southwest (Welcome). He and his wife and business partner, Martha McGuire, are based in New York.

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