The first comprehensive sourcebook of its kind, this book is a portal into the rich, multifaceted, and profound symbolism of Tibetan sacred art. The author presents a deep and encompassing insight into the vast array of symbols and attributes that appear within the complex iconography of Tibetan Buddhism. The succint descriptions that accompany the detailed line drawings reveal the origins, meanings, and functions of these symbols, which are derived from India, Tibet, and China. The author unravels the multiple layers of symbolism and meaning contained within the iconography, affording the reader a panoramic vision into the deeper dimensions of this sacred art. Drawn largely from his monumental work, The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs, the meticulous brush drawings in this book were created over the the course of nearly eight years. The selections included in this book depict all of the major Buddhist symbols; natural and mythical animals, such as the dragon, garuda, and makara; the entire assembly of ritual tantric implements and weapons; magical and wrathful symbols; hand-held emblems, attributes, and plants; esoteric Vajrayana offerings; and mudras or ritual hand gestures.
The Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols
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