Intro to Buddhist Art

| February 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

What are some of the hallmarks of Buddhist art, and how has it developed over the years? These are big questions that we will only begin to tackle in this video. We’ll look at Buddhist art with an emphasis on its origins, and finally ask the question whether anything really qualifies as Buddhist art at all!

One reference: John C. Huntington. “The Origin of the Buddha Image: Early Image Traditions and the Concept of Buddhadarsanapunya,” in Studies in Buddhist Art of South Asia, ed. A. K. Narain (New Delhi: Kanak, 1985), 27.

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Doug is Study Director of the Secular Buddhist Association. He has a PhD in Philosophy, with a minor in Buddhist philosophy and Sanskrit. In 2013 he completed the year-long Integrated Study and Practice Program with the BCBS and NYIMC. A long time scientific skeptic, he pursues a naturalized approach to practice. He is also interested in scholarship about the Tipiṭaka, and the theoretical and historical origins of the dhamma. He posts videos at Doug's Secular Dharma on YouTube. Some of his writing can be found at

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