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Buddhist stupas in Asia : the shape of perfection
Wassman, Bill.
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Melbourne ; London : Lonely Planet, 2001.
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173 pages : color illustrations, plans ; 28 cm
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Includes index.
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Central Library BQ5125.S8 W37 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Photographic study of the Buddhist stupas - domed edifices housing Buddhist or Jain relics. The stupa is the living embodiment of Buddhist teachings - 'a sermon in stone brick and mortar' - and is one of the oldest and most persistent religious symbols still in everyday use. The photos are accompanied by a narration that explains the symbolism, rituals and mystic power associated with these monuments, from their origins in India and their migration throughout Asia, covering 11 countries from Sri Lanka to Japan. Foreword by Robert A F Thurman, the first Westerner to be ordained a Tibetan Buddhist monk by the Dalai Lama and president of Tibet House in New York. Includes full colour throughout, transparent overlays, glossary and index. Author has a master's degree in Asian art history and has contributed to more than 35 guidebooks and phrase books. Wassman has been photographing Asia since 1975 and has been awarded the PATA Gold Award for his work in Nepal.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Lonely Planet presents Buddhist Stupas in Asia: The Shape of Perfection, exploring stupas (sacred structures that function as memorials of enlightenment) in 13 Asian countries. As shown in more than 250 color photographs, stupas are tremendously diverse in appearance, ranging from gold-topped domes to marble temples to giant sculptures. Some stupas serve as reliquaries, or repositories for relics of enlightened masters. This informative, beautiful book is a fine introduction to the sacred art and architecture of Buddhism. Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Stupas are Buddhist shrines of varying size, shape, age, elaborateness, and style of detail. Found throughout Asia, they continue to play a key role in the spiritual lives of millions of people. Some, such as Borodudur in Indonesia and Shwedagon in Myanmar, are major tourist attractions as well as active pilgrimage sites. In this gorgeously illustrated and thoughtfully written book, writer Cummings (Baja Handbook) and photographer Wassman (Insight Guides) capture the beauty and meaning of stupas and explain how they have been built, how they are used today, and how they vary from region to region (countries covered include India, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, China, Tibet, and more). Also included are transparent overlays that show construction details and interior floor plans. Robert A.F. Thurman, Columbia University authority on Tibetan Buddhism, has contributed a concise and insightful foreword. This fine book is fairly priced and will surely find a readership in all libraries. Harold M. Otness, formerly of Southern Oregon Univ. Lib., Ashland (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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