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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Books; 1 edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599620618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599620619
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 7.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Jack Kornfield provides the historical introduction for photographer Jon Ortner's Buddha, a lavishly illustrated coffee-table book about the "one who is awake." The 175 color photographs depict Buddha statues all over the East, accompanied by verses from the Dhammapada. The book's design is noteworthy, with a vibrant orange satiny cover (inspired by the design of Buddhist monks' robes) stamped with a gold foil lotus.
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"A 'must' for both arts and Buddhist collections alike."
- California Bookwatch

More About the Author

Jon Ortner was born in Great Neck, Long Island in 1951. He started painting and drawing at an early age, which laid the foundation for his photography. In college, Jon continued to pursue art, and the study of natural history and ecology. In 1978 he moved to New York City with his wife, Martha McGuire, where they opened a photography studio and continue to collaborate. Jon's books, WHERE EVERY BREATH IS A PRAYER (STC), ANGKOR (Abbeville), and BUDDHA (Welcome Books) are the culmination of numerous journeys to the far corners of the Himalayas and Southeast Asia. A compilation of NYC photographs was published as Manhattan Dawn & Dusk (STC). His award-winning images and stories have appeared in numerous magazines, including GEO, COMMUNICATIONS ARTS, TRAVEL & LEISURE and ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST. Beginning in 2005 Jon turned his focus and passion to the canyons and deserts of the Southwest. From the greatest canyons on earth to the brilliant swirling colors of the Grand Staircase and Vermillion Cliffs, through panoramic portraits of a vast, monumental landscape at once familiar and astounding, Jon shares with us his unique vision of the beauty and incomparable majesty of America's great wilderness.

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The wisdom deep and simple.
J. H. Cox
The places in the book make the reader wish to visit all of them.
fit girl
The cover and binding are beautiful.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KD on November 14, 2003
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I received this book as a gift and immediately ordered 10 to give out as holiday gifts. The book is a brilliant gem in all ways.
I flipped through the pages and felt an instant feeling of excitement and calmness at the same time. The placement of quotes and photos is inspiring. I was especially moved by a photo titled Bayon, Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia, which shows a stone Buddha draped elegantly in an orange cloth next to a holy person holding a simple incense stick. I was moved by the simplicity and honesty of this photo and all the photos in the book.
The cover and binding are beautiful. I've had the book on my desk for a day and everyone who came into my office picked it up and admired it. I couldn't get any work done because each person looked through the book. It wasn't the normal reaction that people have to a beautiful book. There is something much deeper going on with this book.
In these troubled times, this is the perfect book to have because it seems to dispense some kind of peace to everyone who touches it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Goldsmith on December 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In offering this window into a sacred world, Ortner has done a dharma - a service or duty - for us all.
Each image is unique and yet over the course of this extraordinary, visionary book one distills out a basic, fundamental Buddha. While most of the Buddhas are pristine - others are ancient and untended - and yet every one of these extraordinary, resonant images of a living god is unique and at the very pinnacle of Himalayan sacred art. Coupled with the perfectly matched sacred writings, the effect is more direct and more spiritual - more transformative - than other books on Asia and Buddhism. Certainly, texts on the Buddha come nowhere near the presence and deep connection created by the Ortner book.
Some of the locations are recognizable to anyone who has traveled in Asia, but many remote, little-known shrines are included - such as Kakku, Po Win Daung Caves and Kyaiktiyo in Myanmar, Pak Ou Caves in Laos, and Beng Mealea in Cambodia. Only a lucky few who have journeyed to these sacred places can understand the difficulties that Ortner must have faced and overcome, as well as the years of research and personal exploration necessary to understand the meaning of these historically- and spiritually-charged sites.
The production values in this book match its sacred subject and Ortner's crystal-clear, brilliant color images. This art-object book is beautifully designed in an orange satin cover (the saffron of a monk's robe) featuring a gold-stamped lotus, the symbol of Buddhist purity. The company chosen to reproduce these superb color photographs, Toppan, as evidenced by the exquisite clarity and color fidelity, is yet another sign of the top-to-bottom care taken with this gem.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Cox on December 16, 2003
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Like a precious stone. This book is small while its value is great. I suspect they made it that size to keep it very affordable and portable. After the first time I thumbed through it I already had a list of friends that I knew would love to have it. The translations of the verses from the Dhammapada are stunning. The wisdom deep and simple. One need not be Buddhist to feel the depth and draw from the wisdom.
But the real luster and light that make up the "facets" of this particular precious stone are the photographs of the Buddhas and Buddhists. The lengths that Ortner must have gone to, the rareness of the images (many of the Buddhas in this book are in places where very few outsiders are allowed to go and in places very difficult to get to) are a tribute--an offering if you will--to his own devotion toward achieving and sharing the incredible beauty he seems so greatly drawn to.
It is our good fortune that this book, filled with radiance and simplicity, is so affordable. Like the gift of prayer flags, both giver and receiver will feel blessed.
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By fit girl on April 12, 2013
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This book has been a wonderful book to keep and give for gifts.
The places in the book make the reader wish to visit all of them.
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By Guy P. Harrison on January 20, 2012
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I'm not a Buddhist and I don't believe in reincarnation but I love this book anyway! It's packed with astonishing beauty and more than a few nuggets of wisdom. Virtually every page displays a breathtaking color photograph of stunning art or spectacular architecture. Highly recommended.

--Guy P. Harrison, author of 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God and 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think are True
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I became a fan of Jon Ortner's incredible work when I was given a copy of Where Every Breath is a Prayer (Abbeville Press: 2001). This new book entirely on Buddha is a fantastic revival of the essence of Buddhism. The book has a Foreword by Jon giving insight into his motivations and intentions, which brings his heart into the process shining brightly. The Preface by Kornfield is a must read for anyone new to Buddhist spirituality, as it is clear and concise, showing the meaning of Enlightenment (a much overused word). Then the feast begins with Jon's extraordinary photo journalism leading you on a tour of Asian Buddhist places of pilgrimage. Wow! The combination of photos and sayings from Siddhartha the Great Lord Buddha, make this a perfect gift for all your Buddhist friends, or a gentle introduction to the life of this Avatar. Great work Mr. Ortner!

May all beings be happy.
May all beings be free.

Laurent
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