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Disciples of the Buddha by Robert Newman
Disciples of the Buddha ~ Living Images of Meditation ~ by Robert Newman ~ Introduction by Chogyam Trungpa


 
Disciples of the Buddha brings together the imagery, historical placement and philosophical backdrop to arguably the most renowned of all surviving works of Eastern art which appeared in the Peking art market in 1913. The eight surviving ceramic “I-Chou Lohan” statues, discovered in a cave in China, are representations of the Awakened One’s direct disciples, the first practitioners to experience the fruit of the path as revealed by the Shakyamuni. Chögyam Trungpa’s commentary sheds revealing light on these little known statues.

Part two of this book offers an illustrated text— The Torch of Precious Jewels: a Sadhana of the Buddha and Sixteen Arhats— by Dudjom Rinpoche, a rare glimpse into a Tibetan oral tradition celebrating the legendary Lohans.

I think that these statues are expressions of nonverbal experience that the artist had in the state of arhathood. The statues are powerful because they are filled with a state of experience....We could say that these images present the particular realization of Buddha’s sanity in his disciples...The images are done with a sense of awe and reverence, in a very sacred application. And so the images are very human at the same time kind of superhuman”.

—Chogyam Trungpa (from the introduction)

153 pages. Hardcover.

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