The Path to Nirvana, from an 18th Century Buddhist Carving

Asha Bajaj
4 min readMay 26, 2021
The top of the 31 levels of existence, as seen on the cosmography. Photo: John Hessler. Geography and Map Division.

This is a guest post by John Hessler, a specialist in the Library’s Geography and Map Division, focusing on computational geography and geographic information science. He’s also the Library’s curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection.

Recently, the Library’s Geography and Map Division acquired a rare 18th-century carving of a Theravãda Buddhist cosmography that…

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