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Indonesia

3,600+ high-definition creative commons photographs presented here are from the Indonesian collections, on the linked pages you will find many photographs, also wherever possible I have added in relevant historical information, videos, maps and diagrams.

A few of the publications below have been published in Indonesia with text in English and Bahasa Indonesia, and supplementary information, including diagrams, bibliography, etc.
These can be accessed as pdfs on this page.

 

National Museum in Jakarta (166)
A fine collection of Buddhist and Hindu statuary

1: Borobudur and Surroundings

(1200+ photographs and 2 videos)

A Section of the Monument
A Section of the Monument

13: The Buddha Statues and Chaityas (80 + Video)
Buddha Statues in Various Mudrās and the famous Chaityas


12: Gaṇḍavyūha, The Quest for Awakening
Level 4, Inner Wall (72)
5. The Aspiration for the Good Life

11: Gaṇḍavyūha, The Quest for Awakening
Level 4, Balustrade (152)
4. Maitreya, Mañjuśrī and Samantabhadra

10: Gaṇḍavyūha, The Quest for Awakening
Level 3, Balustrade (157)
3. Maitreya’s Good Deeds

9: Gaṇḍavyūha, The Quest for Awakening
Level 3, Inner Wall (88)
2. Maitreya reveals the Dharmadhātu

8: Gaṇḍavyūha, The Quest for Awakening
Level 2, Inner Wall (128)
1. Meetings with Spiritual Friends


7: Avadāna, the Traditions about the Bodhisattva (138)
Level 2, Balustrade
More stories about the Bodhisattva from the Avadānas


6: Lalitavistara, The Life of Gautama Buddha (Storyboard, 400) (3rd set)
Level 1, Inner Wall, Top
Birth, Youth and Awakening of the Buddha

6: Lalitavistara, The Life of Gautama Buddha (Storyboard, 355) (2nd set)
Level 1, Inner Wall, Top
Birth, Youth and Awakening of the Buddha

6: Lalitavistara, The Life of Gautama Buddha (159) (1st set)
Level 1, Inner Wall, Top
Birth, Youth and Awakening of the Buddha


5: Avadāna, the Traditions about the Bodhisattva (120) (3rd set)
Level 1, Inner Wall, Bottom
Stories from the Divyāvadāna and Elsewhere (Ānandajoti)

5: Avadāna, the Traditions about the Bodhisattva (368) (2nd set)
Level 1, Inner Wall, Bottom
Stories from the Divyāvadāna and Elsewhere (Foucher)

5: Avadāna, the Traditions about the Bodhisattva (170) (1st set)
Level 1, Inner Wall, Bottom
Stories from the Divyāvadāna and Elsewhere (Foucher)


4: Jātaka, The Buddha’s Past Birth-Stories (372)
Level 1, Balustrade, Top
Jātakamāla and Other Jātaka Stories

3: Jātaka, The Buddha’s Past Birth-Stories (151)
Level 1, Balustrade, Bottom
Jātaka Stories


2: Buddhas and Bodhisattvas (150)
Level 1, Outer Balustrade
Four Dhyāni Buddhas

2: The Lokapāla Reliefs (18)
Level 1, Outer Balustrade (Selection)
The World Protectors

1: The Karmavibhanga Reliefs (160)
Ground Level
Stories of Deeds and their Results

1: The Karmavibhanga Reliefs (11)
Ground Level
The Reliefs still Exposed at the S. E. Corner

 

Nearby Temples

The Ancient Pavon Temple (22)
Small Temple on the Pilgrimage Route to Borobudur

Candi Ngawen (18)
Temple on the Lay Line from Borobudur

The Ancient Mendut Vihara (78)
Important Temple on the Pilgrimage Route to Borobudur

The Modern Mendut Vihara (29)
Modern Temple near an Ancient Pilgrimage Site

 

2: The Prambanan Plain

Hindu Sites:

Trimurti Temple Complex at Prambanan (132)
Large Hindu Site with many Temples

Rāma’s Story at Prambanan (76)
The Famous Story told on the Reliefs of Two Temples

Kṛṣṇa’s Story at Prambanan (31)
Kṛṣṇa’s Story told on the Reliefs of of the Viṣṇu Temples

Ratu Boko Complex at Prambanan (56)
Ancient Monastery cum Palace Site

Candi Sambisari (15 + 1x 360°)
9th century Hindu Śaivite Temple

 

Buddhist Sites:

Candi Sewu (64)
Largest Buddhist Site outside Borobudur

Candi Bubrah and Candi Lumbang (24)
Two Temples inside Prambanan Park

Candi Plaosan (42 + 4x 360°)
Ancient Buddhist Complex Site on the Prambanan Plains

Candi Sari (13)
Three-Story Buddhist Temple

Candi Kalasan (11)
Small Temple with Fine Carvings

 

3: Other Places in Java

West Java

Batujaya Sites, Candi Jiwa, Cando Blandongan (42)
Two of the very few Candi sites excavated in West Java

Chinese Temples in Jakarta (40)
a few small Chinese Temples, including one that had burnt down

Chandra Naya, Jakarta (36)
a Chinese traditional house surrounded by malls and skyscrapers

 

The Dieng Plateau

Candi Pringapus (20)
Remote Hindu Temple on the way to Dieng

Dieng Plateau (24)
A Beautiful Plateau with Ancient Hindu Temples

 

Central Java

Candi Sukuh, Central Java (47)
A Fertility Temple in the Central Highlands

Candi Cetho, Central Java (30)
A Second Fertility Temple in the Central Highlands

 

East Java

Singhasari Temples

Pasuruan District (44)
Remains from the Kediri and Singhasari Kingdoms
Candi Jawi, Gunung Gangsir and Candi Belahan

Malang District (81 + 3x 360°)
Remains from the Singhasari Kingdom
Candis Kidal, Singosari, Badut, Sumberawan, Songgoriti,
and statues of Ken Dedes and King Kertanagara

Candi Jago (121 + 3x 360°)
Śiva-Buddha Temple with Fine Reliefs from the Singhasari Kingdom

Majapahit Temples

Candis and Sites around Trowulan (78 + 5x 360°)
Candis Brahu, Bajang Ratu, Wingin Lawang, Tikus,
Museum Mojopahit and various Archaeological Sites

Tombs around Trowulan (61)
Tombs and Memorial Sites of King Raden Wijaya, Queen Tungga Dewi,
King Hayum Wuruk, Queen Putri Cempo and others

Candis from the Blitar-Tulungagung Districts (38)
Candis Sanggrahan, Boyolangu (Gayatri Statue), Simping and Plumbangan

Candi Penataran (264)
The largest Hindu Temple in East Java, with many fine Reliefs

Penataran Museum (42)
Artefacts from various sites around Penataran and Blitar

Modern Temples

Maha Vihara Mojopahit, Trowulan (77)
A modern Buddhayana Temple, encompassing three traditions.

Pura Majapahit, Trowulan (61)
A modern Hindu Temple, built around some ancient candis.

 

4: Sumatra

Muara Takus, Riau Province (21 + 3x 360°)
Remains from this Melayu Kingdom site

Muara Jambi, Jambi Province (142 + 11x 360°)
One of the largest historical sites in SE Asia

Tri Ratna Buddhist Centre, Pekanbaru (59)
A Fine Modern Collection of Statues and Paintings

 

Acknowledgements

My main acknowledgement these days goes to the Ehipassiko Foundation in Jakarta for organising the last few photo shoots in Indonesia from 2015 onwards. They have done everything possible to enable the trips, and to make sure that I was able to concentrate on the photography.

On these trips I have been accompanied by Dr. Kok Poe Chu, who besides being a good companion and friend, has also worked very hard both on site and off site to make sure I got the work done with the least amount of worry and trouble.

I am very grateful indeed to Bhante Sri Pannyavaro Mahathero at the Modern Mendut Vihara whose hospitality and kindness helped us gain access to the Borobudur momument and for much other help.

I am also greatly indebted to my good friends Leslie Shaw, Colin Low and Choon Aun Ng who acted as helpers on the various trips I made in 2009 and 2013 and who made many contributions to the success of this project.

 

Borobudur Mandala

Seen from above the Borobudur Monument
is in the shape of a Mandala or Yantra

 

Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu

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