"Sacred Symbols" is a series of volumes that introduce the ancient, universal wisdoms of humankind. Symbol and ritual go to the heart of human experience. Throughout history humans have developed elaborate symbolic systems to help allay their fear of the unknown and to tap the deep well-springs of spirituality. Today, people are discovering the relevance of these belief systems to life in the 1990s. Carved in stone, wood or precious metal; depicted in paintings and decorated manuscripts - the Buddha is the central symbol of a religion which advocates liberation from earthly things. This book examines and illustrates the representation of the Buddha through the ages.