A Letter From The Publisher: Dec. 11, 1964

A TIME cover story is expected to surround, probe and analyze the subject, showing all sides as well as depth. Few issues have so many sides, and few need so much to be explored and explained as this week's cover subject—the ancient religion of Buddhism, now emerging as a new political force in Asia.

To suggest the many-faceted nature of the story, Artist Bernard Safran painted representations of Buddha based on actual figures from four different countries, placing them on a background of the traditional Buddhist robe. At the top is the reclining Buddha...

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