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Borobudur: Pyramid of the Cosmic Buddha
Written by Caesar Voute and Mark E. LongPhotography by Fitra Jaya Burnama
Oversized (30 cm) coffee-table style book with
351 text pages, 163 color and black & white photographs,
8 architectural drawings, glossary, bibliography, index, and
two folded copies of the Vajradhatu and Garbhadhatu mandalas
ISBN: 812460403-7 - Now available through Amazon.com
Borobudur was constructed during the eighth century as a guide to the Noble Path of the Buddha. Born from silence and unfolding into the serenity of the other shore, it expresses the glory of Indonesia’s awareness and creativity, the smile of her plastic forms over the centuries as well as her travels along the edge of thoughts that cross the endless corridors of memory.
Though the western world rediscovered this magnificent structure almost two hundred years ago this sacred place nonetheless remains seated in its enigmatic depth, engulfed in vaporous illusions, waiting for someone to find the base simplicity of its Truth. This book is a catalyst and invites adventurous minds to find new directions by bringing into focus the vast universe of the Borobudur in order to cultivate the Way to weeding out error. The questions posed or solutions offered herein are like water and waves: different yet identical in essence. They stir discussion.
of the special contributions of this book lies in its correlating the
cyclical movements of the Sun and Moon with the numerical symbolism
of Borobudur. The authors cite the magical effect of the Sun suddenly
appearing out of the volcano Merapi and empowering the
Borobudur-mountain with its radiant energy in poetic imagery. This
magic moment of satori or
enlightenment echoes the experiences of the unknown monarch who had
commissioned the monument’s construction and the
inspiration that made the architect envision this Buddhist wonder.
Lokesh Chandra, New Delhi
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