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The Body of the Buddha

"Meditators are instructed to take bodies as focal points in their practice and to become fully aware of their foulness. On the other hand, only embodied beings are able to attain the highest levels of the Buddhist path, and the Buddha’s body is a topic of fascination in Indic sources, a proof of his past cultivation of merit and wisdom. ..." – By John Powers

 

Faith and Devotion: Reading the Ceramic Architectural Programs of the Baroque

"The azulejo is deeply rooted in Portuguese culture and has been periodically reinvented from the late 15th century to the present 21st century. Mural applications of azulejos date back to the late 15th century, inspired by imported Castilian examples—the so-called Hispano-Moresque azulejos, which were mostly executed using the cuerda seca and cuenca techniques. ..." – By Rosário Salema Carvalho

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