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1 Paths to Enlightenment By the Buddhist, the Jew, and the Christian
2 There are an amazing 20 plus different major languages existing in India today. There is a plethora of cultures and religions including: Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Islam, etc.
3 India and PakistanIndus CivilizationMohenjo-daro
4 Robed Male Figure at Mohenjo-daro The artist used a local stone, which makes sense if you will, which is called steatite. Steatite is a soft soapstone that is easy to carve and manipulate.Scholars compare this statuette to Sumerian sculpture because of the characteristic trefoil motif that denotes priest-kingship.BCE
5 Seal with seated Figure These seals are similar to the stamp seals found in Mesopotamia.Used for securing trade goods wrapped in textiles.On the back is a boss with a hole permitting the insertion of a string so that the seal can be worn or hung on a wall.Each animal is portrayed in strict profile, as we have seen only too many timesSeal with seated FigureBCE
6 “The Way of Truth” Buddhism “Dharma was decided to be the name for the Buddha’s teachings, the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, or the path.Those on this path would be called “Sangha.” And Siddhartha would become known as “The Buddha,” the one who shows others the path in the world.The Middle Way is almost self-explanatory. It was a realization ofBuddha; The Buddha realized that we all meet forms of Extremism, but that we should listen to both sides and choose a harmonious middle road.Karma, in short, is: “What goes around, comes around.”Nirvana is supreme enlightenment and is attained through meditation of the world around one’s self.Buddha, derived from the Sanskrit root budh, to awaken, is a title, not a name; like King, or Christ. As such, it means Awakened One Supremely Awakened.When asked about God, Heaven, and the immortality of the soul, the Buddha simply remained silent, because these theoretical matters didn’t affect his teachings. Buddhism isn’t about belief, but rather firsthand experience.The DharmaKarmaThe Middle WayNirvanaThe BuddhaThe SanghaThe Irrelevance of God
7 Maurya Dynasty Lion Capitol of column 250 BCE This one guy named Ashoka, the greatest Maurya ruler, made a bunch of columns with a legal code based on the Buddha’s dharma on them.The pillars were thirty or forty feet tall. They were lined along pilgrimage routes. They were rooted deep in the ground connecting sky and earth – which was a pre-Buddhist concept called “axis of the universe.”The finest of these capitols is the Lion Capitol at Sarnath where Buddha gave his first sermon and set the wheel of law in motion. Stylistically, it can be compared to Persepolis.250 BCE
9 Latin Vocabulary Circum – around Ambulat – walk Circumambulation – walk around - more specifically, in context, to walk around the perimeter of a stupa [the great stupa] in a clockwise direction in a reverential act [towards Buddha].
10 Great Stupa at Sanchi, India This mound-shape design was taken from earlier but not limited to South Asian burial mounds. It was not, however, used as a tomb; it housed relics of Buddha.It held the ashes of Buddha, and Buddhists can pay homage by circumambulation.Buddha is depicted in his jatakas (past lives), as footprints or an empty chair, but never in human form.
11 The Chaitya Hall at Karle, India This is a good, early example of a chaitya hall.It is cut out of living rockDates around 100 CEPillared hall 45’ high, 125’ long (larger than Ramses II)Stupa at one end with circumabulatoriesPrecedent for eroticism in Indian art
12 Meditating Buddha from Gandhara A good example of Buddha in human form is this statue, carved of gray schist (a local stone), dating back to the second century CE.He is seen in monk’s robes, in cross-legged yogic posture, hands upward in dhyana mudra, the gesture of meditation.It shows Hellenism’s influence on their art.Society’s perception of Buddha changed drastically during the first three centuries CE in the two Hellenized cities of the Kushan Empire of Gandhara and Mathura. Buddha was at first seen as an enlightened mortal, but was eventually turned into a sort of god.. This is where the modern misconception of Buddha’s divinity comes from. So, naturally, images of Buddha himself were in demand so that people could worship something tangible.
13 The life and death of the Buddha Frieze from Gandhara Earliest example of narrative of BuddhaThis frieze describes, from the left, Buddha’s birth by Maya, his enlightenment, his first Sermon, and his unfortunate death.
14 MathuraAlthough Mathuran sculptures of Buddha were contemporaneous, they were different stylistically.
15 Seated BuddhaThis picture is the product of the merging styles of Gandhara and Mathura during the second half of the 5th century.It was during the new “gupta” period, the king was Chandragupta II and Pataliputra was the capitolThe Guptas were great patrons of art and literatureStatues like these become so popular that they were favored over the stupa as a place for worship
16 Buddhist and Hindu Coexistence – Unlike today! Buddhists and Hindus coexisted in India because unlike monotheism – these ways of life have many gods and paths for which to take. They meshed because each had some of each other’s elements
17 Vishnu Rescues the Earth 13’ tall Vishnu as the incarnation of Varaha, the boar.He assumed this form when he rescued the earth from being carried off to the bottom of the ocean.He stands with one foot resting on the coils of a snake king who represents the conquered demon that attempted to abduct the earthRows of gods and sages form lines to witness the eventIt had a political purpose because it was about the Gupta King Chandragupta II who was fabled to have saved his kingdom and rid it of his enemies as Vishnu did.It’s an example of contemporary events in mythological guise much like the Greeks.
18 Dancing ShivaIt depicts Shiva, the second major Hindu god, dancing a cosmic dance.A drummer accompanies the dance while Shiva’s son Ganesha (elephant) mimics his fatherHindu deities are often represented with multiple body parts to show that they are more than human gods with supernatural powers
19 Shiva with Three FacesImage of Shiva as Mahadeva (“Great god, Lord of Lords”)On the right is a face of the female with framing curls (Uma – the creative aspect of Shiva)On the left is a grimacing male (Bhairava – the destructive side of Shiva)
20 Vishnu Temple at Deogarh One of the first Hindu temples constructed of stone blocksHas elaborately decorated door in the front and a relief in a niche on each of the three sidesSculpted guardians protect the doorway because it is the transition point between the dangerous outside and sacred interior
21 The Creation of the Universe Four-armed Vishnu dreams the universe into realitySurrounding Vishnu are important divinities such as Shiva on his bullOut of the six figures below the four at the right are personifications of Vishnu’s various powers and they defeat the two figures on the left who are armed demonsCarved in the classic Gupta style
22 Shiva as Nataraja It is representing the lord of the dance Standing on a dwarf that represents ignoranceThe flame symbolizes destructionThe drum is used to create the universe to its rhythmThe holes in the base make it possible to carry*When worshipped it would be dressed.It was supposed to be treated as a human beingIt was not supposed be a symbol of the god but the god himselfIt was bathed, clothed, fed, taken on outings and would get gifts like songs, incense, lights, and flowers.It would eat the essence of the food and leave the rest for the worshipper
24 The Sweet Giant Buddha a.k.a. Death of the Buddha It is 46’ long, and was carved out of a rocky place at Gal Vihara in the eleventh or twelfth century.Ananda, Buddha’s cousin and chief disciple, is the small figure to the left who is mourning the death.The style is similar to the Gupta sculptures of India with the clinging clothes, round faces and stylized hair
25 The BorobudurIt is a Buddhist monument that is 400’ at the base and 98’ tall.Built on a small hillThe stairways are aligned with the cardinal pointsThere are 500 life size Buddha images, about 1000 relief panels and about 1500 stupas.It is supposed to be a spiritual place where worshippers go through various realms to get to ultimate enlightenment.Each stupa holds a sculpture of Buddha.It was influenced by Indian art, literature, and religion, but nothing in India is comparable to it.
26 Harihara, Cambodia It shows Vishnu as Harihara Its divided vertically, with Shiva on the right and Vishnu on the leftThere were objects in the hands at one time that helped to differentiateIt was to be seen from all sides and it was unlike almost all Indian stone sculptures, which were reliefs, because this is in the round.
27 Vishnu Lying on the Cosmic Ocean The surviving portion is about 8’ long, making it one of the largest bronze sculptures of ancient or medieval timesIt originally had jewel and silver inlays and there was a separate miter on his headIt’s only comparable in size to the sculpture of Constantine and Athena Parthenos
29 Angkor Wat? It was built by Suryavarman II (Khmer King) It was the largest Khmer temple complexIts purpose was to associate the king with his god, who is in this case VishnuThe five towers symbolize the five peaks of Mt. Meru, which is the “sacred center of the universe”There are reliefs that glorify Vishnu and the king
30 King Suryavarman II Holding Court This is one of the reliefs at Angkor WatThe kneeling people are smaller because they are less important (HELLOOOO!)Religion and politics are united.
31 BayonJayavarman VII, the son of Suryavarman II, built more while he was king than all the Khmer kings combinedHe turned to Buddhism from Hinduism, which the other kings liked, but may the Buddha and bodhisattva Lokeshavara (“Lord of the World”) divine prototypes of the kingThe faces might be of Lokeshavara or of Jayavarman VII himself.
32 BibliographyKleiner and Mamiya. Gardner’s Art through the Ages. Thomson/WadsworthGach, Gary. Understanding Buddhism. Alpha
33 Grant Tally! “If you will” 55 in 5 weeks “And so…” 65 in 5 weeks “(H)uman”50 in 5 weeksMercy Sakes Alive5 in 5 weeksMispronunciations60 in 5 weeks