Buddhism The Path of Compassion

Buddhism The Path of Compassion

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Text and Photographs: Benoy K Behl Publications Division Government of India

This is a unique book which covers the Buddhist heritage of the world.

Publications Division, Government of India, proudly presents a rare book which covers the vast range of Buddhist heritage, spanning more than two and a half millennia.  

The photographs in this book have been taken across India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Tibet, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Siberia, Kalmykia in European Russia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Mongolia and Japan.  

Benoy K Behl is known to be the only person who has traversed the entire continent of Asia and personally photographed its monuments and Buddhist art heritage. The vastness of Behl's documentation presents a wide and new perspective in understanding the heritage of Buddhism.  

Buddhism The Path of Compassion

Gautama Siddhartha was one of humanity’s wisest teachers. He lived in the middle of the 6th century BCE in the northern plains of India. He taught a message of compassion and universal love. The message spread to all corners of Asia and shaped the culture of a continent. It continues till today, as one the great religions of the world, with millions of followers: Buddhism. This deeply researched book provides a wide perspective of the monuments and art heritage of Buddhism, from earliest times. It also takes us on a visual pilgrimage through the life of the Buddha. It is written and photographed by eminent culture historian Benoy K Behl.

 Benoy K Behl is a culture historian, film-maker and photographer who is known for his tireless and prolific output of work over the past 41 years. He has taken over 50,000 photographs of Asian monuments and art heritage, made a hundred documentaries on art history and his exhibitions have been warmly received in 58 countries around the world.

His films, including 26 documentaries on ‘The Paintings of India’ and 26 documentaries on ‘The Sculpture of India’ have been nationally telecast on prime time in India, as well as repeat telecasts. These have also been screened at scores of universities and museums in several countries around the world. Behl’s films have won numerous awards at international film festivals.

In January, 2008, National Geographic magazine carried an 18-page story about ancient Indian art revealed through Behl’s photography to the world. BBC World News have also carried three major stories about Behl’s pioneering work in India and Vietnam.

The vastness of Behl’s documentation presents a wide and new perspective in understanding the art of India and Asia. His photography of ancient murals in remote places has clearly established the continuous tradition of painting in India, from ancient times through the medieval period.

He has been invited to lecture by most of the important universities and museums around the world, who have departments of Asian art. His book on ‘The Ajanta Caves’ is published by Thames & Hudson, London and Harry N. Abrams, New York. His book in two volumes on ‘The Art of India’ is published by The Hindu Group of Publications.

Behl is known to be the only person who has photographed and researched the Buddhist heritage of 19 regions in 17 countries. This book ‘Buddhism: The Path of Compassion’ presents the vast perspective which is the result of his dedicated and widespread documentation.



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