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The Esoteric Iconography of Japanese Mandalas

Lokesh Chandra (Author)
Synopsis The immense reches of the Esoteric Iconography of Japanese Budhism are illustrated in this volume in all its fullness and clarity of detail. It is an indispensable work for the understanding and appreciation of Indo-Asian Art, particularly for those interested in its Buddhist expression, and its unexplored inter-disciplinary potentialities. This is the first book in English on the Consmographic Art of Japan as represented by mandalas. The mandalas or psycho-cosmograms reached Japan through great Indian teachers like Vajrabodhi, Amoghavajra and Subhakara-simha. The Japanese Twin Mandalas represent innate Reason and primal Enlightenment, harmonizing in Compassion and Dynamis. Herein the sadhaka indentifies himself with the forces that govern the universe, and collects their thaumaturgical powers within himself. The Light that burns within spreads out and is diffused, guiding towards noble paths. As pointed oout above, the iconography pertains to the Twin Mandalas of the Mahakaruna
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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 The Esoteric Iconography of Japanese Mandalas
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Aditya Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 817742050X
length 369p., Maps; Illustrations; Figures; Index