Buddhist Symbols in Tibetan Culture: An Investigation of the Nine Best-Known Groups of Symbols

Buddhist Symbols in Tibetan Culture: An Investigation of the Nine Best-Known Groups of Symbols

by Loden Sherap Dagyab Rinpoche
     
 

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In this fascinating study, Dagyab Rinpoche not only explains the nine best-known groups of Tibetan Buddhist symbols but also shows how they serve as bridges between our inner and outer worlds. As such, they can be used to point the way to ultimate reality and to transmit a reservoir of deep knowledge formed over thousands of years.

Overview

In this fascinating study, Dagyab Rinpoche not only explains the nine best-known groups of Tibetan Buddhist symbols but also shows how they serve as bridges between our inner and outer worlds. As such, they can be used to point the way to ultimate reality and to transmit a reservoir of deep knowledge formed over thousands of years.

Editorial Reviews

Herbert Guenther
"This timely book preserves something very valuable-symbols as the visual manifestation of the psyche. The author deserves our thanks. Highly recommended."
Martin Kalff
"Dagyab Rinpoche is an extraordinary person who combines Western scholarship with the depth of the wisdom of being a Tibetan lama."
Booklist
"As Dagyab Rinpoche defines each symbol, he further illuminates the concepts inherent in Tibetan Buddhism which is, in its earthly manifestation, voluptuously visible."
The Tibet Journal
"Fills a long felt gap in the study of Tibetan art and symbols in English."
Himalayan Research Bulletin
"Interesting for both the specialist and any interested reader."
Huston Smith
"Symbolism is the language of the human spirit and this book is the most systematic study of its Tibetan idiom that has yet appeared."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A former spiritual and temporal head of Dragyab State, Khem, East Tibet, who has been a research fellow and lecturer in Tibetan Buddhism for nearly 30 years at the University of Bonn, Dagyab Rinpoche is excellently placed to analyze Buddhist symbols (tendrel) and symbolism in Tibetan culture from both Western and Tibetan perspectives. Unfortunately, an opportunity has been missed. Not only is the interesting concept of chu (or ``essence-juice and vigor'') which informs Tibetan symbolic perception and cultural spirit dropped after the introduction, but the introduction's thought-provoking discussion about methodological parameters for symbol-interpretation is not elaborated either. Indeed, the book is content to list and explicate symbols before trailing off into a wholly inadequate conclusion. This sketchiness is partly offset by the descriptions, many of which have a dictionary-like concision. The book ends with technical apparatus of use only to Tibetan scholars. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780861710478
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date:
07/10/2005
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
605,241
Product dimensions:
5.93(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.52(d)

Meet the Author

Born in Tibet, His Eminence Loden Sherab Dagyab Rinpoche immigrated to Germany in the 1960s where he now lives and teaches Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Bonn.

Robert Thurman holds the Jey Tsong Khapa Chair in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. After education at Philips Exeter and Harvard, he studied Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism for almost thirty years as a personal student of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He has written both scholarly and popular books, and has lectured widely all over the world. As President of the American Institute for Buddhist Studies, he convened the First Inner Science Conference with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Amherst College in 1984. He is also a founding trustee of Tibet House New York.

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