Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs & Symbols / Edition 1
  • Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs & Symbols / Edition 1
  • Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs & Symbols / Edition 1

Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs & Symbols / Edition 1

by Meher McArthur
     
 

"A concise, accessible primer to the intricate world of Buddhist art."—Publishers WeeklySee more details below

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"A concise, accessible primer to the intricate world of Buddhist art."—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500284285
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
03/19/2004
Edition description:
First Paperback Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments7
Preface8
Introduction9
Section IThe Buddhist Pantheon
1Shakyamuni27
2Bhaishajyaguru31
3Maitreya33
4Vairochana35
5Akshobhya37
6Amitabha, Amitayus39
7Ratnasambhava, Amoghasiddhi41
8Avalokiteshvara43
9Tara47
10Akashagarbha49
11Kshitigarbha51
12Manjushri53
13Samantabhadra55
14Vajrapani57
15Yama59
16Yamantaka61
17Mahakala63
18Lokapala (Guardian Kings)65
19Vaishravana, Kubera67
20Gate Guardians69
21The Five Kings of Mystical Knowledge71
22Yidams73
23Devas75
24Prajnaparamita, Sarasvati, Marici77
25Dakinis, Rakshas, Shaktis79
26Ashuras, Yakshas, Apsaras81
27Arhats83
28Bodhidharma85
29Padmasambhava87
30Xuanzang, Atisha89
31Kobo Daishi91
32Facial Features93
33The Thirty-Two Marks of a Great Man95
34Hairstyles, Crowns and Headdresses97
35Jewelry and Adornments99
36Thrones and Aureoles101
37Standing and Walking Postures103
38Sitting Postures105
39Lying Position107
40Embracing Postures109
41Gestures of Fearlessness, Gift Giving111
42Gestures of Explanation, Turning of the Wheel of the Law113
43Gestures of Earth-Touching, Meditation115
44Fist of Wisdom, Gesture of Prayer117
Section IISigns, Symbols and Ritual Objects
45The Eight Auspicious Symbols119
46Footprints121
47The Wheel of the Law123
48Lotus125
49Precious Jewel127
50Swastika129
51Trees131
52Mountains133
53Real Animals135
54Mythical Animals137
55Diamond Thunderbolt139
56Weapons and Instruments141
57Daggers and Choppers143
58Musical Instruments145
59Water and Flower Containers147
60Begging Bowls and Skull Cups149
61Incense Burners151
62Prayer Beads153
63Robes and Hats155
64Prayer Wheel157
65Stupas and Pagodas159
66Altars and Shrines161
67Sanskrit Letters163
68Sacred Texts165
69Zen Ink Painting and Calligraphy167
70The Six Realms of Rebirth169
71Hell Scenes171
72Paradise Scenes173
73Mandalas175
Section IIIMajor Buddhist Sites
74Bodh Gaya, India177
75Sanchi, India179
76Ajanta, India181
77Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka183
78Pagan, Burma185
79Sukhothai, Thailand187
80Angkor, Cambodia189
81Borobodur, Indonesia191
82Bamiyan, Afghanistan193
83Potala Palace, Tibet195
84Longmen Caves, China197
85Sokkuram, Korea199
86Todaiji, Japan201
87Ryoanji, Japan203
Glossary of Key Buddhist Terms204
Further Reading209
Illustration Acknowledgments210
Index211

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