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Book: Buddhism in Five Minutes

Chapter: 11. How does one "Read" a Buddha-image?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40748


How do we respond to a Buddha-image? While it is impossible to ignore the artistry of Buddha-images, and the craftsmanship involved in their creation, it is vital to look beyond the physical form of the figure, approaching it not as art but rather as an instrument through which the qualities and attributes of the Buddha himself are embodied.

Chapter Contributors

  • Ronit Wang ( - rwang) 'SOAS, University of London'