Reading is an exploratory learning tool that can teach, heal, and enlighten. Novels can send a person on an adventure and travel back in time, whereas scientific books, essays, or journals relay factual information in particular areas of study. Spiritual or religious works touch at the depths of the soul delivering instructive ways to find peace in times of need. Reading materials of any kind offer the possibility to escape and most importantly broaden one’s scope of knowledge.
Head of Buddha, second half of the 7th century. Western Thailand. Lent by National Museum, Ratchaburi, Thailand (246/2533 [DV20]) | This head belonged to a monumental Buddha, either standing or enthroned, now lost. Its survival underscores the fragmentary nature of the archaeological record of Dvaravati art. Its sophisticated modeling and highly finished surface provide a glimpse of the standards of artistry that were attained. #LostKingdoms
Buddhist Deities-Buddhist Gods Each of the deities here represents a unique spiritual personality or essence. The principal beings are the five Dhyani Buddhas- the esoteric meditation Buddhas of the five colors found in The Tibetan Book of the Dead and other sources. Contrary to popular belief, these deities are not Buddhist Gods, but rather different aspects of the one God. Among these are several teachers or gurus, who have attained notoriety and importance, and as such are venerated.