11. How does one "Read" a Buddha-image?
Ronit Wang [+]
SOAS, University of London
How do we respond to a Buddha-image? While it is impossible to ignore the artistry of Buddha-images, and the craftsmanship involved in their creation, it is vital to look beyond the physical form of the figure, approaching it not as art but rather as an instrument through which the qualities and attributes of the Buddha himself are embodied.