The Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols

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Title:The Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols

ISBN:9781590301005

Author:Robert Beer

Publisher:Shambhala

Publish Year:2003

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Paper Back

Subject:Buddhism | Tibetan Buddhism

Language:English

Remarks:B&W Illustrations, Appendices and Glossary.

Pages:262

Size:180 x 232 mm

Weight(gms):685

Price:USD 29.75

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  • The Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols is a portal into the rich, multifaceted, and profound symbolism of Tibetan sacred art. Robert Beer provides a deep and encompassing insight into the vast array of symbols and attributes that appear within the complex iconography of Tibetan Buddhism. The succinct descriptions that accompany his detailed line drawings reveal the origins, meanings, and functions of these symbols. Beer 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 Beer's monumental work The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs, the meticulous brush drawings in this book depict all of the major Buddhist symbols and motifs, including the various groups of auspicious symbols; cosmological 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; handheld emblems, attributes, and plants; esoteric Vajrayana offerings; and mudras, or ritual hand gestures.

    Robert Beer

    Robert Beer first began to study and practice Tibetan art and thangka painting in India in 1970, and was one of the first westerners to become actively involved in this field. He is the author and illustrator of The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs and The Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols. His drawings have appeared in hundreds of Buddhist-related books and websites, and he lives in Oxford, England.
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