When Siddhartha sat beneath the Bodhi Tree, he saw the pattern of all his incarnations like a great wheel. This pattern, called a mandala in Buddhism, is an enlightened vision of archetypal reality. When captured by an artist, the mandala becomes a sacred tool of contemplation. The Buddha Tarot serves as a mandala of cards that can lead others to the same sacred wisdom of Buddha.
Robert M. Place is an internationally known visionary artist and illustrator. He is recognized as an expert on the Western mystical tradition and the history and philosophy of the Tarot, and his work has appeared in many books and publications. Place is also the designer, illustrator, and coauthor of the highly acclaimed Alchemical Tarot and The Angels Tarot. He has appeared on The Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel and has conducted lectures and workshops throughout the country, including the Open Center and the Omega Institute in New York and the International Tarot Congress in Chicago. Place's work in precious metals have been displayed in museums such as the New York State Museum, the American Craft Museum, and the White House.