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Voltaire and the Buddha

- March 8, 2017 in buddha, buddhism, christian missionaries, early reception of buddhism, Jesuit missions, orientalism, Religion, Myth & Legend, Society of Jesus, Voltaire

Donald S. Lopez, Jr. looks at Voltaire's early reflections on Buddhism and how, in his desire to separate the Buddha's teachings from the trappings of religion, the French Enlightenment thinker prefigured an approach now familiar in the West.

A Mongolian Manual of Astrology and Divination

- February 3, 2015 in astrology, astronomy, buddhism, Curator's Choice, Featured, mongolia, Public Domain

Michael J. North, Head of Rare Books and Early Manuscripts in NLM's History of Medicine Division, takes a look at one the highlights of the Library's Turning the Pages project, a Mongolian manuscript concerned with interpreting the heavens.

The Tibetan Book of Proportions

- March 11, 2014 in buddha, buddhism, geometry, nepal, proportion, tibet

An eighteenth-century pattern book consisting of 36 ink drawings showing precise…

The Tibetan Book of Proportions

- March 11, 2014 in buddha, buddhism, geometry, nepal, proportion, tibet

An eighteenth-century pattern book consisting of 36 ink drawings showing precise…