Golden Tales of the Buddhas

by John Miksic, Anita Tranchini,

With vivid photography, and insightful commentary, this travel pictorial shines a light on the Buddhist art and architecture of Borobudur.

The glorious ninth–century Buddhist stupa of Borobudur—the largest Buddhist monument in the world—stands in the midst of the lush Kedu Plain of Central Java in Indonesia, where it is visited annually by over a million people.

Borobudur contains more than a thousand exquisitely carved relief panels extending along its many terraces for a total distance of more than a kilometer. These are arranged so as to take the visitor on a spiritual journey to enlightenment, and one ascends the monument past scenes depicting the world of desire, the life story of Buddha, and the heroic deeds of other enlightened beings—finally arriving at the great circular terraces at the top of the structure that symbolize the formless world of pure knowledge and perfection.
  • Tuttle Publishing; November 2012
  • ISBN 9781462909100
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  • Title: Borobudur
  • Author: John Miksic; Anita Tranchini (photog.); Marcello Tranchini (photog.)
  • Imprint: Periplus Editions