Author: Pushpesh Pant
Publisher: Roli Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174370897
Intertwined with an attractive packaging of Buddhist art through the ages, this book fluently divides itself into the personal story of the Buddha, the import of Buddhist philosophy and its spread beyond India.
Somewhere in the territorial tangle involving present day Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Nepal - more than two thousand years ago, took place a prophetic decisive birth; the birth of the Buddha. Prince wanderer, a questioning spirit to the point of inconsolable companion was at the very least, an enlightened man but more than that, the god whose great teaching was that there no god.
The teaching, its manifest discourse, its ethics, legends and artistic representation recognize in all this and beyond, the civilizational presence of an object of faith, practice and preaching Buddhism.
As a special focus, the story of the institution of Dalai Lama is the obvious highlight gilding the textual framework; making it further easy on the eye and the reader's sensibility are the archival, illustrative, wonderful pictures full of wonder.