Buddhism and Rock
| By Lachmann, Sylvia|
| ISBN 1843820765|
| SERIES Cambridge Buddhist Institute|
| Paperback 244 pages|
| Published 15 October 2004|
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This book is about rock-cut architecture (man-made structures carved out of living rock) and its remarkable affinity with Buddhism. The technique originated in the Levant over seven thousand years ago, and evolved into a unique art form, which reached its apogee in the Buddhist cave temples of West India. The book starts with a review of the temporal and geographic spread of rock-cut caves around the Mediterranean, and then concentrates on the development and spread of Buddhist rock-cut architecture in India and across Asia over the last two thousand years. Many of the major sites are described, and the book is well illustrated.
Sylvia Lachmann read Medicine at Cambridge University and St Thomasís Hospital, London. Later she became University Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. When she retired she indulged a long held interest and took the M.Phil course in Archaeology at Cambridge University. She lives with her husband in Cambridge.