By: Lokesh Chandra
Publisher: Niyogi Books
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The rich artistic heritage of Tibet stems from the depths of the meditations of great masters. It translated into them an elaborate symbolic system that takes the form of three-dimensional images or two-dimensional thankas and mandalas. [amazon_link id=”8189738305″ target=”_blank” ]Tibetan Art[/amazon_link] is a comprehensive introduction to this complex iconography. It provides a glimpse of the underpinnings of this art and the land where it flourished. The reader is introduced to a panoply of divine and earthly beings: the historic Buddha Sakyamuni, arhats, spiritual masters, great lamas, and founders of different religious lineages, as well as celestial Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, female deities, protectors or tutelary gods, defenders of the faith, guardians of the four cardinal points, minor deities and supernatural beings. Tibetan Art takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery. Buddhist deities do not exist outside ourselves, but represent aspects of innate human potential—the capacity for compassion, wisdom, mental discipline, and other spiritual conditions, With no distinct, independent existence or objective reality, these deities are but symbols of abstract qualities that are the emanations of one’s own mind, and of the universal mind that venerates perfection.
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