City On The Hill

Great lyrics from Casting Crowns‘ latest album, Come to the Well. (Writers: Mark Hall and Matthew West).

“Each one thought that they knew better
But they were different by design
Instead of standing strong together
They let their differences divide”

Gandhara Sculpture at Oxford

Here are a few of the highlights from the Buddhist sculpture on display at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford which I visited last week. The museum has had a massive redevelopment since I last visited and the galleries are very beautifully displayed and most informative.

The Gandhara sculptures combine the best of East and West – essentially where the sophistication of Greek sculpture meets the depth of Indian spiritual sensibility.  Over at Vipassana Fellowship our logo has always been based on a Gandhara image (though not from this collection) and I find it the most beautiful form of the Buddhist sculptors’ art.