The Vanished Path- title of my first book length comic project.

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10 comments
  1. valley said:

    congrats!
    there is this centre called the norbulingka institute in Himachal Pradesh which is a huge repository of buddhist art and culture. Might be useful!

    • oh i’ve been there when I was an art student. they’re into preserving tibetan thangka painting mainly. They’re amazing, but I’m not sure how the style might fit into comics drawing, apart from using some of their decorative elements.

  2. jagan said:

    Gautama was a dude and a buddha not because he hit on equanimity as a concept which he went around sharing with people, he actually taught mediation. His instruction was to stay equanimous while meditating and not just aim for the serotonin charge. Also to stay equanimous even when the body grumbles (wn meditating). Grappling these two opposites wn meditating helped to understand equanimity in a visceral/ body level. It no longer remained just a concept. One of the keys to its spread thats often overlooked.

  3. valley said:

    would the title ‘vanished path’ allude to the vanishing/letting go of the ego, which is the foundation of non-dualism and buddhism?

  4. valley said:

    would be interesting to look at the effectiveness or otherwise of the path to enlightenment in the newage modernday framework, suspension/healing of the ego which is central to almost every strand of spirituality seems to be one of the great challenges to that path…making it ever more elusive, neverthless richer in anticipation. Be it psychoanalysis or spirituality, it continues to remain a beautiful mystery.

  5. The title refers to the path of Dhamma,that is, the teachings and history of Buddhism that has vanished. It does not refer to Buddhist philosophy itself. As of now, the book is more about what I observe of the remnants of our Buddhist past, which I think is not understood very well today in India, where ironically, Buddhism somehow seems like some foreign religion. After all, the Buddha’s recorded teachings (the ‘Tipitaka’, aka. the Pali Canon, 100 BC) were first translated into English only in the early 20th century.
    Its astonishing that all the Buddhist texts and the religion itself was so completely wiped out of the land of its origin. No other religious philosophy in the world had to go through this. Most people in India at least know about vedas and upanishads, but few know of the Buddha’s original teachings compiled in written form in around 100 BC in Sri Lanka.
    Also, the oldest ever manuscript recovered in South Asia is a Buddhist birch bark thing that they found in 1994 in Afghanistan, said to be from 200 BC,(that would make it around the time of Ashoka) that is still being studied.

  6. valley said:

    yes strangely buddhism in coming back to india (especially in a more mainstream, day-to-day practical level)from the west, america and europe and the far east japan, korea, china and s.e asia where it is widespread, through nuanced strands, soul healing, tao, dao. it’s interesting though that buddhism at a more practical/applied level (medicinal/spiritual) has somany takes in modern society.

  7. valley said:

    i meant takers

  8. Three Marks is great stuff. I’ve read them in the Buddha’s recorded Pali discourses in the Sutta Pitaka.

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