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Tibetan Art

Lokesh Chandra (Author)

The rich artistic heritage of Tibet reveals the depths of meditations of great Masters, translated into the majestic abundance of iconic symbols that take the form of three-dimensional images or two-dimensional thankas.  Tibetan Art is a comprehensive introduction to the complex iconography of thankas.  It provides a glimpse of the mindground of this art and the land where it flourished.  Although Tibetan Art portrays the historic Buddha Sakyamuni, the arhats, spiritual masters, great lamas, and founders of different religious lineages, the preponderance of its images depict supramundane beings.  Predominantly these are: the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, female deities, protectors or tutelary gods (yi-dams), defenders of the faith, guardians of the four cardinal points, minor deities and supernatural beings.  The leading gods are also depicted in different forms and manifestations.  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 and achievements.  With no distinct, independent existence or objective reality, these deities are but symbols of abstract qualities, that are emanations of one's mind, and of the universal mind that venerates perfection.

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About the author

Lokesh Chandra

Prof. Lokesh Chandra is a renowned scholar of Tibetan, Mongolian and Sino-Japanese Buddhism. He has to his credit over 400 works and text editions. Among them are classics like his Tibetan-Sanskrit Dictionary, Materials for a History of Tibetan Literature, Buddhist Iconography of Tibet, and the present Dictionary of Buddhist Art in about 20 volumes. Prof. Lokesh Chandra was nominated by the President of the Republic of India to the Parliament in 1974-80 and again in 1980-86. He has been a Vice-President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, and Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research. Presently he is Director, International Academy of Indian Culture.

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Bibliographic information

Title Tibetan Art
Format Hardcover
Date published: 05.02.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8189738305, 9788189738303
length 216p., Figures; Tables; Glossary; Index; 34cm.