The Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols

Author: Robert Beer

Publisher: Serindia Publications, Inc.

ISBN: 9781932476033

Category: Art, Tibetan

Page: 262

View: 6815

Based on the author's previous publication 'The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs', this handbook contains an array of symbols and motifs, accompanied by succinct explanations. It provides treatment of the essential Tibetan religious figures, themes and motifs, both secular and religious. Robert Beer offers a compact, concise reference work based on his previous publication 'The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs'. This handbook contains an extensive array of symbols and motifs, accompanied by succinct explanations. It provides treatment of the most

Buddhist Symbolism in Tibetan Thangkas

The Story of Siddhartha and Other Buddhas Interpreted in Modern Nepalese Painting

Author: Ben Meulenbeld

Publisher: Binkey Kok, Holland

ISBN: 9789074597449

Category: Religion

Page: 101

View: 3067

The thangka is a way for Tibetan Buddhist monks to bring the life and teachings of the Buddha to the people through the visual medium of paint. These paintings were rolled up and taken on journeys, used as traveling altars, or hung when certain deitieswere honored. Meulenbeld takes us through 37 thangkas that present a pictorial journey of the life of Buddha, Siddhartha Guatama, and the evolution of Tibetan Buddhism. 37 color plates. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.

Buddhist Symbols in Tibetan Culture

An Investigation of the Nine Best-Known Groups of Symbols

Author: Loden Sherap Dagyab

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0861718100

Category: Religion

Page: 160

View: 2739

In this fascinating study, Dagyab Rinpoche not only explains the nine best-known groups of Tibetan Buddhist symbols but also shows how they serve as bridges between our inner and outer worlds. As such, they can be used to point the way to ultimate reality and to transmit a reservoir of deep knowledge formed over thousands of years.

Deities of Tibetan Buddhism

The Zurich Paintings of the Icons Worthwhile to See

Author: Martin Willson,Martin Brauen

Publisher: Wisdom Publications

ISBN: 9780861710980

Category: Art

Page: 624

View: 6182

An extraordinary encyclopedia of Buddhist icons. Illustrating the Rin 'byung brgya rtsa, the Nar thang brgya rtsa, and the Vajravali, the book is based on a collection of over five hundred images of Tibetan deities. The images, presented in the book at full scale, were originally created by a master artist in the early nineteenth century to serve as initiation cards (tsakli). The original tsakli were woodblock prints, hand colored at the request of a Ch'ing Dynasty nobleman who had received the initiations. Such cards are used in ceremonies to introduce the practitioner to the deity and his or her practice. The paintings are housed in the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich. Deities of Tibetan Buddhism is also an indispensable reference tool for Tibetologists, students of Mahayana Buddhism, and museum curators. Its extensive supplementary materials include English translations of the basic invocation texts; the associated visualization with descriptions of the deities' postures, attributes, and colors; and the dharanis and mantras used in their invocation. Co-editor Martin Willson spent more than a decade translating and documenting this work. He has provided detailed explanations of technical terms, enlightening explanatory notes, and glossaries documenting the discrepancies in the depictions. The extensive pictorial index, featuring drawings and text by Robert Beer, explains the symbolic meaning behind the deities' implements and adornments. The cross-referenced indices for Tibetan, Sanskrit, Mongolian, and English names and terms provide quick access to vast amounts of information. Co-editor Martin Brauen and the technical staff of the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich have documented the relationship between this and other sets of initiation cards that exist elsewhere, as well as detailing the construction materials and methods involved in producing this set. Deities of Tibetan Buddhism is a reference book without peer, essential for any serious student of Tibetan and East Asian art and religion.

Buddhist Symbols

Author: Tatjana Blau,Mirabai Blau

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9781402700330

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 240

View: 3865

These 145 illustrated Tibetan Buddhist symbols, and the instructions for incorporating them into everyday life, will please the eye, mind, and soul. Gaze upon Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who exist for the benefit of all living beings. Also: mudras (sacred gestures), good luck symbols, ritual structures, and more.

Tibetan Thakgka Painting

Methods and Materials

Author: David Paul Jackson

Publisher: Serindia Publications

ISBN: 9781932476293

Category: Tankas (Tibetan scrolls)

Page: 192

View: 6307

This book is the only detailed description of the techniques and principles of the sacred art of Tibetan scroll painting.

The Hidden History of the Tibetan Book of the Dead

Author: Bryan J. Cuevas

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195154139

Category: Religion

Page: 328

View: 2116

In 1927, Oxford University Press published the first western-language translation of a collection of Tibetan funerary texts (the Great Liberation upon Hearing in the Bardo) under the title The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Since that time, the work has established a powerful hold on the western popular imagination, and is now considered a classic of spiritual literature. Over the years, The Tibetan Book of the Dead has inspired numerous commentaries, an illustrated edition, a play, a video series, and even an opera. Translators, scholars, and popular devotees of the book have claimed to explain its esoteric ideas and reveal its hidden meaning. Few, however, have uttered a word about its history. Bryan J. Cuevas seeks to fill this gap in our knowledge by offering the first comprehensive historical study of the Great Liberation upon Hearing in the Bardo, and by grounding it firmly in the context of Tibetan history and culture. He begins by discussing the many ways the texts have been understood (and misunderstood) by westerners, beginning with its first editor, the Oxford-educated anthropologist Walter Y. Evans-Wentz, and continuing through the present day. The remarkable fame of the book in the west, Cuevas argues, is strikingly disproportionate to how the original Tibetan texts were perceived in their own country. Cuevas tells the story of how The Tibetan Book of the Dead was compiled in Tibet, of the lives of those who preserved and transmitted it, and explores the history of the rituals through which the life of the dead is imagined in Tibetan society. This book provides not only a fascinating look at a popular and enduring spiritual work, but also a much-needed corrective to the proliferation of ahistorical scholarship surrounding The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

Celestial Gallery

Author: Romio Shrestha,Ian Baker

Publisher: Mandala Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781932771213

Category: Art

Page: 64

View: 1866

Opening the oversized pages of Celestial Gallery is akin to entering a grand museum. This impressive, high-quality production features White Tara, Green Tara, the Medicine Buddha, and many other celestials, while lending new meaning to the terms full-size and full-color. Four color printing with spot varnish throughout.

The Art of Buddhism

An Introduction to Its History & Meaning

Author: Denise Patry Leidy

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590305949

Category: Art

Page: 342

View: 6958

More than two hundred photographs most in stunning full colour provide the visual context for this tour of the world of Buddhist art. From the earliest second-century b.c.e. archaeological evidence to the nineteenth century this book showcases the marvelous variety of Buddhist art through the ages, from every country and region where Buddhism has influenced the culture in a significant way, including India, Afghanistan, Central Asia, China, Korea, Japan, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and all the regions of Southeast Asia. Included in the rich variety of forms are architecture and monumental art, statuary, paintings, calligraphy, fresco, brushwork, and textile arts.

Handbook of Tibetan Iconometry

A Guide to the Arts of the 17th Century

Author: Christoph Cüppers,Leonard van der Kuijp,Ulrich Pagel

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004180141

Category: History

Page: 386

View: 1262

A facsimile reproduction of a lavishly illustrated treatise describing the iconometic principles and measurements at the heart of 17th century Tibetan art. It includes many drawings of buddhas, bodhisattvas and divinities, script types, and stupa models from the world of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism.

Tibetan Buddhist Altars

A Pop-up Gallery of Traditional Art & Wisdom

Author: Tad Wise,David A. Carter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781577314677

Category: Religion

Page: 7

View: 4407

Both practical and whimsical, this book presents Tibetan Buddhist altars witha three-dimensional pop-up flair. Color illustrations, b&w photos.

Reflections on a Mountain Lake

Teachings on Practical Buddhism

Author: Ani Tenzin Palmo

Publisher: Shambhala

ISBN: 9781559398596

Category: Religion

Page: 262

View: 9807

This sparkling collection of Dharma teachings by Tenzin Palmo addresses issues of common concern to Buddhist practitioners from all traditions. Personable, witty, and insightful, Tenzin Palmo presents an inspiring and no-nonsense view of Buddhist practice.

Wisdom and Compassion

The Sacred Art of Tibet

Author: Marilyn M. Rhie,Robert Thurman

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

ISBN: 9780810982048

Category: Art

Page: 488

View: 9622

Illustrates, explains and celebrates 241 examples of Tibetan sacred art of the 9th to 12th centuries. The authors discuss the religious meaning and use of tangkas, Buddhist iconography and the aesthetics of tangka paintings, sculpture and mandalas.

Images of Enlightenment

Tibetan Art in Practice

Author: N.A

Publisher: Shambhala

ISBN: 9781559398329

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 966

One of the most striking aspects of Tibetan Buddhism is its wealth of visual imagery. Ranging from the tranquility of a serenely poised meditator to the dynamic energy of apparently wrathful figures, this vivid and diverse imagery often leaves Western observers as puzzled as they are fascinated. Who are these figures, and what do they mean? Images of Enlightenment answers the need for a clear and straightforward guide to the inner world of Tibetan Buddhist sacred art. Focusing on some of its most important and representative images, this richly illustrated book introduces the reader to the tradition of spiritual self-transformation embodied by these depictions of enlightened energy through clear iconographic representations and descriptions.

Tibetan Buddhist Goddess Altars

A Pop-up Gallery of Traditional Art & Wisdom

Author: Tad Wise,Robert Beer,Bruce Foster

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781577315384

Category: Religion

Page: 4

View: 7634

The home altar has become an increasingly popular tool for contemporary seekers, allowing them to tap their spirituality informally, at any time of the day. This charming book puts a new twist on the phenomenon by showcasing female Buddhist deities in a delightfully unusual format. Designed to resemble a Tibetan temple, the book presents stunning three-dimensional renderings of traditional thangka paintings. It features doors that open from the middle of the front cover, a sturdy tab-insert closure, and elastic loops to hold each altar firmly in place. Four important goddesses appear here. White Tara pacifies illness and removes obstacles; Vanshudara increases prosperity, fertility, and happiness; Kurukulla helps attract and influence through the power of love and desire; and Vajrayogini aids in developing the enlightened union of Great Bliss and Emptiness. With the assistance of these colorful altars and an informative text about the symbolic art, visualization can blossom into multidimensional meditation.

The Road to Daybreak

A Spiritual Journey

Author: Henri Nouwen

Publisher: Image

ISBN: 080415211X

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 1023

When Henri Nouwen left the world of academe and headed for the village of Trosly in France, he sought a place that would lead him "closer to the heart of God." Arriving at L'Arche community in Trosly, he felt as if he had finally "come home." Indeed, it was destined to change his life forever. The Road to Daybreak is Henri Nouwen's intimate diary that records his poignant year at L'Arche, which began in the summer of 1985, a precious time of inner renewal and self-discovery. With simplicity and honesty, he describes how the experience changed his attitudes and enriched his spiritual life. Here Nouwen recounts the struggles and self-doubts he faced along this rocky road to a new vocation as he introduces us to the people of L'Arche and many others whose impact on him was deep and life-lasting. Such was the impact of this experience that he chose to say yes to the call to go to L'Arche Daybreak Community in Toronto and make it his permanent home and ministry. Rich in insights and sparkling with touching and inspiring anecdotes, The Road to Daybreak invites the reader to join this renowed spiritual writer on his journey to a deeper understanding of God and the human family.

Sacred Scripts

A Meditative Journey Through Tibetan Calligraphy

Author: N.A

Publisher: Mandala Publishing

ISBN: 9781608877478

Category: Art

Page: 144

View: 3787

The Tibetan written language is steeped in a rich spiritual and historical tradition that has remained unchanged for over a millennia. Over the last few years, it has become increasingly endangered. In an effort to raise awareness about the value and beauty of this ancient and sacred language, artist Tashi Mannox and photographer Robin Kyte-Coles have sourced mantras and quotes from practicing Buddhists, written them in gorgeous Tibetan calligraphy, and consciously paired those timeless bits of wisdom with photos of Buddhas from around the world. A journey through Eastern symbology,Inspirations from Buddha provides a unique selection of visual and written pairings that invite meditation, thought, and spiritual reflection.