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Where Every Breath Is a Prayer: A Photographic Pilgrimage into the Spiritual Heart of Asia
     

Where Every Breath Is a Prayer: A Photographic Pilgrimage into the Spiritual Heart of Asia

by Jon Ortner, Bill Kurtis, John Sanday
 
Here is sacred Asia as never before seen by Western eyes. Where Every Breath is a Prayer follows in the footsteps of the holy men and shamans who, a millennia ago, wandered the peaks, valleys and rivers of Asia, beginning the evolution of Eastern spiritual traditions. The 300 images captured here depict the origins and living embodiments of Hindu and Buddhist

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Here is sacred Asia as never before seen by Western eyes. Where Every Breath is a Prayer follows in the footsteps of the holy men and shamans who, a millennia ago, wandered the peaks, valleys and rivers of Asia, beginning the evolution of Eastern spiritual traditions. The 300 images captured here depict the origins and living embodiments of Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Full color.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this breathtaking book, photographer Ortner guides readers on a journey into the heart of Asian religious traditions through photographs and text. Although the traditional Asian religious architectural images that have become the standard fare of such photographic extravaganzas are well represented here, what leavens this loaf is an exceptional collection of portraits of men and women in the midst of ordinary worship. The images of sky-clad sadhus in their privations along the banks of the Ganges, the blood-spattered sacred images of the Dakshinkali shrine in Nepal and the noble portrait of the pemangku, or curator, of Pura Ulunin in Bali reminds us just how great a gulf separates the religious traditions of the West from the astonishing spirituality of Asia. In this marvelous book, Ortner has shown us the path he traveled, a path readers might follow, if only in their longings. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Ortner's astonishing photographs portray his love and devotion for the Asian countries he has traversed over a 20-year period. This grand tour of spiritual lands includes natural and architectural sites in Nepal, India, Cambodia, Java, and Bali. The artist's fascination with majestic mountains and remote temples is beautifully captured throughout the book. In his best work, he portrays bizarre Hindu and Buddhist statuary and the faces of disheveled religious mendicants. The only shortcoming is the text, which is factual, dry, and almost superfluous to the images. On the other hand, Journey to Enlightenment, though not as grand visually, is an excellent photographic and biographical treatment of a single holy man and his life in the realm of the ancient ritual traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. A Buddhist monk and Rinpoche's assistant, Ricard has flawlessly woven his narrative with excerpts from Rinpoche's autobiography to create not only a readable biography but also an intriguing introduction to the religion itself. Both books are recommended for general collections in public libraries and for all spiritual collections.Terry McMaster, Onondaga Cty. Mental Health Svcs., Syracuse, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556704390
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
10.42(w) x 12.33(h) x 0.93(d)

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