The human mind has reached continuously over millennia for visions of realms beyond sufferingwithout death, pain, longing, or ignorance. In many cultures, terms used to describe such places share the root meaning of "paradise," a "walled garden," and corresponding notions of protection, delight, and contentment. This publication lays out in sculptures and paintings the concept of "paradise" in Tibetan Buddhism, understood through different approaches and teachings, the most radical of which confronts us with the realization that paradise is all around us if we are able to perceive it. Poetry and writings by Buddhist masters, including texts that guide the passage from death to rebirth, are provided to accompany the visual communications of these ideas in painting, textiles and sculpture.
Buddha in Paradise, Glenn H. Mullin, Rubin Museum of Art, Hardcover, 2007, 169 Pages, $39.95
Glenn H. Mullin is an internationally renowned Tibetologist, author, and expert on Buddhist meditation. Glenn Lived in Dharamsala, India, the home of the Dalai Lama, for many years, where he studied Tibetan language, literature, yoga, and meditation under twenty-five of the greatest masters of Tibet. He is the author of over fifteen books on Buddhist topics and has led many pilgrimages to Nepal and Tibet in the last five years. He now divides his time between writing, lecturing, giving workshops, leading pilgrimages to the power places of Central Asia.