Cultural Arts Review: Peace of Mind

Posted on October 20, 2013 by



Peace of MindPeace of Mind is a Buddhism book of pictures.  Buddhism focuses on the ultimate goal to reach nirvana or the path to nirvana.  The Buddha taught that practitioners need an inspiring atmosphere for meditation and practice.  Peace of mind is intended to encourage these “inspiring” atmospheres.  Peace of Mind brings together the beauty of landscapes from the Buddhists culture and the traditions of the Buddhists culture. The purpose is to show the human aspects that define our happiness. Weather the happiness is good or bad. The book shows this in all aspects of life  (business, relationships, emotional, health, and Spirituality).

Peace of Mind is all about religious traditions.  In Buddhism, meditation is a principal way of practicing Buddhism. All of the pictures in the book are meant to help you get to that peaceful place and focus.  The pictures are all captioned with inspiring, thought provoking words. The authors’ intent is for the readers to think about life and what the meaning of it is. Which is also true to Buddhists believers. These pictures help Buddhist believers free one self from suffering by relating to the everyday experience of life and mind. Which is a goal in Buddhists traditions.

The self-identity of an individual as a member of the Buddhist community affects Peace of Mind hugely. I think the pictures are impacted by own experiences from the creator. The creator of the pictures is taking their own experiences from the pictures and sharing how their experiences relate to the religious traditions of Buddhism. The author is trying to help the viewer get to the state of peace and relaxation within the religion. The goal for the creator is for the viewer to connect the traditions of Buddhism with the beauty of it. The author is a member of the Buddhist society, sharing his or her views with others to help them better understand the religion and spread the Buddhists ideas, traditions, and goals.

Peace of Mind has a ton of different authors. Different people create all the pictures and captions. This is a great thing for viewers of the book. By having many different authors it gives a mixture of views and ideas. It creates a variety of thoughts and ideas about Buddhism and is not biased information from one person.  Although the book is just pictures, it could still have biased information on what that author believes to be true about Buddhism and how the picture helps with the transition into meditation and peacefulness.

Buddhism is a very inspiring, unique cultural. Visualization is a huge part of the Buddhism culture and that it why this book is so great. You can see all aspects of the culture: The business, the relationships, the emotional health, and the spirituality part, and it all comes in one book. It is also a great way to learn about Buddhism, you can look at a picture with a quote and understand and interpret the idea however you want. You don’t have to be a Buddhists to enjoy this book. You can use it to help you get to that peaceful place and meditation, or you can simply enjoy the messages and teachings of the Buddhists with a beautiful picture to help explain it.

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