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Buddha: The Intelligent Heart (Art & Imagination)

By: Alistair Shearer


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Over 2500 years ago there lived a man who did not claim to be specially gifted, divinely inspired or chosen, yet whose teaching now attracts an ever-increasing number of followers from all walks of life. Serious, but never solemn, the Buddha’s way seeks a realization of how the mind limits and isolates itself. Through study, discipline and meditation, such understanding can transcend the suffering, ego-bound self and foster wisdom and compassion, positivity and unfettered joy. Buddhist culture has spread, diversified and developed, from ancient India to modern America. This volume displays the rich global array of art and architecture, ritual and symbol, festivals and people that reflects a religion of great beauty and profound practical insight. Alistair Shearer explains how the timeless wisdom of the Buddha offers the West a means by which it can rediscover its own sense of spirituality.

Publisher:Thames & Hudson
About the Author:Alistair Shearer is a cultural historian specializing in India, who has taught at various prestigious institutions, including the British Museum, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at London University and the auction houses Sotheby's and Christie's. An authority on sacred art and ritual, he designs and accompanies evolutionary journeys to the subcontinent for his company Trishula Travel. (www.alistairshearer.co.uk). He is also a longtime teacher of meditation and the perennial philosophy that underlies all the great religions, and regularly conducts meditation retreats and day courses. Alistair is co-founder of the award winning retreat hotel Neeleshwar Hermitage in Kerala, Southern India (www.neeleshwarhermitage.com).
Product Dimensions:8 x 0.3 x 11 inches
Publication Date:June 1, 1992