Prince Siddhartha Gautama was born in 563 B.C. on the border of India and Nepal. At age 29, he left his family and life of privilege behind to become a wandering ascetic in search of enlightenment. He studied meditation with many teachers, and after six years of seeking, became enlightened under a bodhi tree. In the 25 centuries since the Buddha lived, his teachings have spread across the globe, inspiring practitioners as well as writers both famous and obscure. This collective portrait gathers writings from contributors including Hermann Hesse, Jack Kerouac, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, religious scholar Karen Armstrong, and death-row prisoner Kevin Sack, and intersperses them with 150 color photos depicting Buddhism around the world.
Dieter Glogowski - Buddhist Views
Dieter Glogowski spent eight years intensively photographing the people of Ladakh and Lingshed—remote mountain regions steeped in Tibetan Buddhist culture—to compile material for this wonderful volume. These stunning portraits in black and white capture the region’s essential nature and spiritual power. Along with texts by Western philosophers, more than 80 Buddhist quotations enhance the expressive power of this unusual book. Produced in collaboration with photo designer Albrecht Haag.
Danielle Föllmi - Olivier Föllmi - Offerings
A book to contemplate each day, "Offerings" presents a deeply thoughtful collection of wisdom and knowledge from the masters of Tibetan Buddhism. Three-hundred sixty-five photographs provide an evocative new image every day--each accompanied by a choice Buddhist quote.
Caroline Stone - Islam
Discover the faith, culture, and history that has shaped the modern Islamic world. Explore the traditions, culture, and history of Islam with this stunning in-depth look at the complex world of one of the world's greatest religions. Artifacts, sacred objects and modern-day photographs combine to provide the dramatic level of detail for which the Eyewitness series is known.
Linda Safran - Heaven on Earth
This easily accessible volume, which grew out of a series of lectures presented at the Smithsonian Institution in 1991, aims to provide a coherent introduction to Byzantine culture with a focus on the interconnected realms of art and religion. The eight participants have revised their lectures into chapters on Byzantine history, theology, icons and icon theory, church architecture, monumental painting, silver church furnishings, illustrated liturgical books, and pilgrimage. In addition to presenting current research on this range of topics, the chapters each contribute original scholarship from authors who are recognized experts in their respective fields. The Introduction, by Linda Safran, deals with views and definitions of Byzantium over the course of its long history and considers why that civilization deserves our attention today. It underscores the essential unifying role of the Orthodox religion in a vast and fluid empire and clarifies how the experiential aspects of that religion-churches, liturgy, church arts and imagery, religious travel-open a window into Byzantine culture. Throughout the book, the past is made vivid by considering what Byzantine believers heard and said and did, as well as what they saw. The book's chapters are cross-referenced and are complemented both by endnotes that cite primary and secondary sources and by 'Suggestions for Further Reading' that include English and foreign-language references. There is no comparable art history text that combines this high-caliber range of current scholarship with more than 250 illustrations, including 16 pages of color plates, to introduce Byzantine culture to a broad readership.Contributors are Joseph Alchermes, Susan A. Boyd, Anna Kartsonis, Henry Maguire, Robert Ousterhout, Eric D. Perl, Nancy Patterson Sevcenko, and Gary Vikan.
Danielle Föllmi - Olivier Föllmi - African Wisdom 365 Days
This remarkable yearbook by Danielle and Olivier Föllmi, a follow-up to their successful Buddhist Offerings, presents the wise words of a leading personality in African literature for every day of the year, accompanied by Oliviers beautiful, moving photographs of African people and places, from the Himba shepherds to the Peul nomads, from the deserts of Namibia to the forests of Rwanda and the savannah of Cameroon.
Olivier Föllmi - India
The world's most densely populated country, and the tiger's last remaining natural habitat, India is a land of contradictions. In this visually stunning book, photographer Olivier Föllmi captures this land where tradition and modernity coexist-the India of the cell phone and the sacred cow. Föllmi looks beyond the commotion and sensory overload of the Indian street to examine deeper truths about the people and their culture. His photographs convey serenity and stillness, expressing a philosophy and an approach to life radically different from the West's. This award-winning photographer's work includes portraits of people of all classes-farmers and potters, dancers and musicians, parents and children-and probes as well human interactions with animals including cows, monkeys, and elephants. Never does he portray his subjects as exotic objects; rather, his realistic, moving images pay tribute to his subjects' essential dignity and profound humanity.
Lillian Too - The Buddha Book
This is a work of sacred geography. Lillian Too introduces us to over 50 of the most important and well-known Buddhist deities, presenting their major characteristics, functions, and histories, along with the prayers, meditations, visualizations, and special rituals and blessings associated with each.
Danielle Föllmi - Olivier Föllmi - The Wisdom of Asia 365 Days
An yearbook which presents the wise words of a leading personality in Far Eastern thought or literature for every day of the year, accompanied by photographs of Asia's people and places.
Anthony Taylor - The Sacred Sites Bible
From the towering minarets of Turkey's Hagia Sophia to the cloud-wrapped city of Machu Picchu in Peru, this captivating guide displays exquisite details of more than 100 spiritual landmarks around the world. Perfect for both the globe-trotting adventurer and the armchair traveler, it provides in-depth facts about the construction and religious significance of each location, as well as tips on the perfect time of year to visit. Full-color photographs show each stunning site as it looks today, while illustrations reconstruct the ancient buildings as they would have appeared at their height.
Charles Phillips - Mary Frances Budzik - Michael Kerrigan - The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Catholicism
A comprehensive history of the Catholic Church from the birth and life of Christ and the stories of the Apostles to the building of St Peter's in Rome, the rise of Monasticism and the Reformation, and to Catholicism found around the world today.
Olivier Föllmi - Danielle Föllmi - Buddhist Himalayas
This spectacular book invites the reader on a journey to a faraway exotic land and into an inner realm of spirituality. Photographers Olivier and Danielle Föllmi and Matthieu Ricard have dedicated more than twenty-five years to capturing the essence of Buddhism and the Himalayan spirit, focusing on the beauty of the majestic Tibetan countryside, the Tibetan people—spiritual masters and humble shepherds alike—and their sacred places. This harmonious visual mosaic of the unrivaled richness of this mountaintop civilization is enhanced by texts by eminent specialists on Tibetan culture as well as reflections from political and spiritual leaders of the Himalayan world. Offering a perspective from both within and outside Tibetan society, each of the twenty-one authors—from the noted photographer Galen Rowell to the Dalai Lama himself—provides a window onto the Buddhist Himalayas and the people who inhabit this magical land.
Kelényi Béla - Buddhák
A Moró Antik Galéria 2008-ban rendezett Buddha Szobor kiállításának kiadványa segítséget nyújthat a tibeti buddhizmus rendkívül bonyolult és összetett művészetében való eligazodáshoz. Nyolc évszázad kiemelkedő kvalitású alkotása a könyvben publikált -több mint száz- szobor.
Ian Harris - The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Buddhism
Buddhism is the fifth largest world belief system in the world today, with an estimated 350 million adherents. This richly illustrated book introduces and explains Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, from its very beginnings to the present time.
Thubten Chodron - Buddhism for Beginners
This user’s guide to Buddhist basics takes the most commonly asked questions—beginning with “What is the essence of the Buddha’s teachings?”—and provides simple answers in plain English. Thubten Chodron’s responses to the questions that always seem to arise among people approaching Buddhism make this an exceptionally complete and accessible introduction—as well as a manual for living a more peaceful, mindful, and satisfying Life. Buddhism for Beginners is an ideal first book on the subject for anyone, but it’s also a wonderful resource for seasoned students, since the question-and-answer format makes it easy to find just the topic you’re looking for, such as: • What is the goal of the Buddhist path? • What is karma? • If all phenomena are empty, does that mean nothing exists? • How can we deal with fear? • How do I establish a regular meditation practice? • What are the qualities I should look for in a teacher? • What is Buddha-nature? • Why can't we remember our past lives?
Tessa Paul - Ronald Creighton-Jobe - The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Saints
Far more than a dictionary of saints, this beautifully illustrated book is an informative chronicle that explores the mysterious conditions of sainthood and tells the lives of the saints in a comprehensive and modern approach to this fascinating subject.
Joe Cummings - Bill Wassman - Robert A. F. Thurman - Buddhist Stupas in Asia
Lavishly illustrated with full-colour photographs, this book is a pictorial that explores the spread of Buddhism and stupa building across Asia and India. Attempts to encapsulate the durable appeal of the stupa - one of the oldest religious symbols still in use - collide with the vast and varied history of stupa building.
Douglas Charing - Judaism
Discover the history, faith, and culture that have shaped the modern Jewish world. With over 50 million copies sold in 88 countries and in 36 languages, Eyewitness Books are truly the ultimate visual information encyclopedias for the 21st Century. Carrying on the tradition of integrating words and pictures, these three new titles in the Eyewitness series are timely editions to any library.
Priya Hemenway - Hindu Gods
Hindu gods serve mankind with compassion and devotion, breathing wisdom into every aspect of life. This exquisitely illustrated book presents profiles of 30 deitiesfrom the powerful triad of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer, to the colorful supporting cast of gods such as Ganesha and Saraswati. Author Priya Hemenway tells the stories of how these gods came to be, how theyre worshipped, and how they remain forever alive in the hearts of those who seek to know themselves.
R. Raj - N. D. Morpeth - Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Management
Religion and spirituality are common motivations for travel, with many major tourist destinations having developed largely as a result of their connections to sacred people, places and events. Describing practical applications, models and case studies, this book provides an insight into the management of religious tourism, covering both ancient sacred sites and emerging destinations. It fully explored the pressures on sacred spaces to become commercialized and festivalized areas, while still maintaining their religious and spiritual integrity.
Michael Kohn - Bradley Mayhew - Tibet
Shangri-la, the Land of Snows, the roof of the world: the magical, mysterious Buddhist kingdom of Tibet is without doubt one of the world's most remarkable places. Whether you seek spiritual enlightenment or a close-up look at the world's highest mountains, Lonely Planet will guide you on your quest. - MAKE A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY with our comprehensive coverage of the Tibetan plateau including western Sichuan and the gateway cities of Kathmandu and Chengdu - GO DEEPER - Decipher the deities and uncover the concepts with the help of our special chapter on Tibetan Buddhism - PACE YOURSELF - Our expert trekking chapter takes you on Tibet's most spectacular routes - walk in the footsteps of nomads, pilgrims and the conquerors of Everest - MAKE YOUR OWN WAY with the help of detailed transport information and over 50 maps - WORK THE BUREAUCRACY - Thorough advice on getting visas and permits