The Hanoitimes - The Indian Cultural Centre in Hanoi will held the exhibition titled “Buddhist Sites/Heritage” by Shri Benoy K. Behl at the Indian Cultural Centre, 63 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi from Jul 17 to 28.
This photographic exhibition provides a wide perspective of the monuments and art heritage of Buddhism, from earliest times. It also takes us on a visual pilgrimage through the life of the Buddha: to the places of his birth, enlightenment, first sermon and final renunciation. It presents photographs taken in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Buryatia (Siberia) and Kalmykia in Russia, China, Mongolia, Japan, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos PDR, Cambodia and Indonesia.
Hanoians enjoy the photo exhibition on Buddhist Sites/Heritage.
The photographer Benoy K Behl is a film-maker and art-historian. He has taken over 35,000 photographs of Asian monuments and art heritage, made a hundred documentaries on art history and his exhibitions have been warmly received in 28 countries around the world. He is known for his extremely sensitive photography of Buddhist art which provides a deep insight into the gentle and compassionate message of the art.
Buddhism is a world religion, which arose in and around the ancient Kingdom of Magadha (now in Bihar, India), and is based on the teachings of Siddhārtha Gautama who was deemed a “Buddha”. Buddhism spread outside of Magadha starting in the Buddha's lifetime.
Buddhism remains the primary or a major religion in the Himalayan areas such as Sikkim , Ladakh , Arunachal Pradesh , the Darjeeling hills in West Bengal , and the Lahaul and Spiti areas of upper Himachal Pradesh. Remains have also been found in Andhra Pradesh , the origin of Mahayana Buddhism. Buddhism has been reemerging in India since the past century, due to its adoption by many Indian intellectuals, the migration of Buddhist Tibetan exiles, and the mass conversion of hundreds of thousands of Hindu Dalits.
According to the 2011 census, Buddhists make up 0.8% of India's population, or 8.4 million individuals.