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A Path To Enlightenment In Comic Panels And Speech Bubbles

by Staff


Tags: Sayings of the Buddha, Tsai Chih Chung, Comics, Dhammapada, Wisdom, Ego-Self,

Everyone stuck trying to understand ethereal yet essential Buddhist concepts like “No universal truth contains Ego-Self” should probably take a peek at BuddhaNet’s comic-version of the sayings of the Buddha. The jaunty panels by veteran Taiwanese illustrator Tsai Chih Chung are like a spoonful of sugar to wash down the Buddha’s heavy pronouncements on existence, truth, and suffering. Presented in comic form, the Buddha’s message seems as deceptively simple as Chung’s classic draftsmanship. Don’t be fooled: Comics are easy. Wisdom—even in comic form—is not. —Brendan Mackie