Title:Buddhist Monasteries of Ladakh
Author:W. Vivian De Thabrew
Remarks:Colour Illustrations, Glossary, Acknowledgements and List of Illustrations.
Size:137 x 217 mm
This is the fourth book in the author's series on Buddhist monasteries and temples. It is the first to deal with Mahayana Buddhism, which arrived in Ladakh in the 5th Century A.D. from Tibet. This fusion of Hinduism and Buddhism gave rise to a rich and even mystical culture. Ladakh has been strongly influenced by its neighbour Tibet down the ages.
Ladakh is full of monasteries, and is known as the 'Land of the Gompas' (monasteries). This book is not a definitive work, but details the main monasteries of the region which have been photographed and described here. It is hoped that it will kindle interest in the subject and be a useful companion to anyone interested in this school of Buddhism.
Born in Balapitiya, Sri Lanka, Vivian De Thabrew obtained his degrees in Sanskrit and Pali in the It U.K' Postgraduate studies included horticulture, turf culture and library studies. He has travelled in many South Asian countries, including India, Nepal' Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam' and has made a special study of Buddhist history, architecture and iconography of the two main schools of Buddhism, namely Theravada (Orthodox) and Mahayana (Ritualistic).
His knowledge of the two ancient oriental classical languages has enabled him to understand the intricate, deeply philosophical and historical representation found in the paintings, architecture and sculptures of ancient monuments and the present-day monastic edifices of living Buddhism.