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Title: Preserve through change.
Authors: Sim, Benjamin.
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Communication::Visual communication
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: Buddhism existed some 2500 years ago. When the Buddha was alive, there was interestingly no Buddha statues, mandalas or paintings. It was later on that accomplished masters developed these imageries for practitioners of their era to be used as aids for visualizations and education as well as for esoteric rituals. These traces can be seen in India, such as the Nalanda Buddhist School as well as the Dunhuang Caves of Western China. There are two sides to Buddhism. One is the section of Truth, which focuses solely on the unbiased path to enlightenment; the other is Culture, which includes the various arts, traditions, rituals and customs of Buddhist practice today. As we move on from the agricultural age to the digital age we are in today, these visual aids seemed to be gradually losing their intended purpose and are now mainly seen and appreciated merely as pieces of art or objects of superstition. On the other hand, people are becoming more knowledgeable with education and therefore are getting more inquisitive. Being conservative in terms of practices and views have led to a loss in the essence of Truth over time, leaving behind only the Cultural aspect of the religion. With this absence of Truth, what is being practiced loses its meaning and therefore its followers, especially Buddhist Youths in this knowledge savvy age. If this continues, rich and meaningful Buddhist teachings and culture would be lost. In exploring these areas, a series of concepts were covered.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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