Borobudur: pyramid of the Cosmic Buddha, text by Caesar Voute and Mark Long, photographs by Fitra Jaya Burnama, foreword by Lokesh Chandra
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. 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. One of the special contributions of this book lies in its correlating the cyclical movements of the Sun and Moon with 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 Shailendra monarch who had commissioned the monument's construction and the inspiration that made the architect envision this Buddhist wonder.
ISBN 13: 9788124604038
ISBN 10: 8124604037
Pages etc.: xxiv,327p., (2)folded mandalas, (8)archit. drawings, (163)col. photographs, (20)b&w figs., gloss., bibl., ind., 30x30cm.
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