How artworks convey Buddha’s great wisdom

7th Century CE Buddha image from India; displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

In this period of great upheaval for humanity, the deep serenity and tranquility of the Buddha’s image provides solace, hope and peace to troubled minds.  We share with you an article published by CNN on 23 April 2020, titled “These ancient images of the Buddha are more timely than you think”.

Author Brian Boucher of CNN writes :

“Buddhist art has been created over two millennia across India, China, Japan and throughout Asia, and takes some distinctive forms in various regions, but generally speaking it was created to guide followers of the Buddha, known as “the Awakened One”, in their religious practice.

“Whether they depict the Buddha himself, episodes from his life, or ‘boddhisattvas’ (those who have taken a vow to seek Enlightenment), this art was meant to inspire the Buddha’s devotees and remind them of his teachings, whose core message is about compassion and the path to relieving suffering.”

 

Read the rest of his article here: Why ancient Buddhist wisdom is what we need right now