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Release of the Book

His Excellency, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar, the Honourable Vice President of India and the then Governor of West Bengal, released the illustrated book - ‘On the trail of Buddha - A Journey to the East’ at Raj Bhavan, Kolkata on 14th October 2020 in the august presence of First Lady Shrimati Sudesh Dhankar, Shri NAKAMURA Yutaka - Consul General of Japan in Kolkata, Venerable P. Seewalee Thero, General Secretary of the Maha Bodhi Society of India and Mr PARK Young Seaon, Director, Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency. As His Excellency mentioned in his address that this was the day on which 64 years ago, the architect of the Indian Constitution, Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar influenced by the teachings of Gautama Buddha, became his follower. Full Video -

Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar, the Honourable Vice President of India

Shri Deepankar Aron, the Author

Unveiling Moments

Video Reviews

A brochure and a small video made by the Publisher

A Short Summary

This illustrated book explores the spiritual, philosophical and cultural linkages between India and East Asia. It covers close to 100 destinations spread over China – Hong Kong SAR, Tibet & Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Mongolia. The book has been written in travelogue style and has 330 photographs as well.

In short, the book echoes the ancient oriental message of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutambakam’ – that the whole world of Seven billion people is one family , as relevant at the time of Buddha as it is today.

The book is also a testimony to the living Buddhist heritage that can be admired across much of East Asia.

Sample Pages

Here are few free sample pages from the book.

About Author

Deepankar Aron

Deepankar Aron, a Presidential Awardee for his contributions as an Indian Revenue Service officer, is also a passionate traveller, a consummate photographer and a writer. In his latest picorial book – “On the Trail of Buddha – A Journey to the East”, he explores the spiritual, cultural and philosophical linkages that bind India and East Asia.

‘A book wrapped in the gold of centuries from a thousand flowers of the mind. It is a journey of culture on a bullet train’

(Padma Bhushan, Shri Lokesh Chandra in his foreword to the book) (more…)

On the Trail of Buddha – A Journey to the East

“On the Trail of Buddha – A Journey to the East” is a unique sojourn in search of the spiritual, philosophical, and cultural linkages that bind India to the East Asian civilisations. From the wandering monks of Asia to the temples and monasteries they visited; from the statues and frescoes in grottoes to those in the museums; from the diverse ethnicities of the people to their common gods and goddesses—the book explores ancient India, beautifully preserved in the traditions, art, and architecture of China, Mongolia, Korea, and Japan.

On the Trail of Buddha – A Journey to the East
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