Art and Aesthetics in Action
Written by: Professor Severyn T. Bruyn

Sculpture


Buddha in the Wood
Buddha in the Wood
The Buddha in the Wood [detail]

Buddha in the Country  
The Buddha in the Country [detail]

Buddha became enlightened while sitting under a tree. It is fitting then to carve his great figure from a tree stump.

This is the noble truth of sorrow. Birth is sorrow, age is sorrow, disease is sorrow, death is sorrow… in short, all the components of individuality [khandas] are sorrow.
    And this is the noble truth of the arising of sorrow. It arises from craving, which leads to re birth, which brings delight and passion…
    And this is the noble truth of the stopping of sorrow.  It is the complete stopping of that craving…being emancipated from it…
    And this is the noble truth of the way which leads to the stopping of sorrow. It is the noble eightfold path.

The Pali Canon, The Sacred Scriptures of Theravada Buddhists

By the way,
Is Gautama unique?  Is the Buddha universal?


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Buddha in the Country



The Buddha in the Wood [detail]



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