Sacred Tibet

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With more than two million copies sold in more than a dozen languages, the Art & Imagination series provides illustrated introductions by distinguished writers and scholars to the worlds of mythology, symbols, and sacred traditions. This classic series has now been redesigned and reformatted for a new generation of readers, and it launches with the following four titles.
The unique Tibetan Buddhist amalgam...

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Overview

With more than two million copies sold in more than a dozen languages, the Art & Imagination series provides illustrated introductions by distinguished writers and scholars to the worlds of mythology, symbols, and sacred traditions. This classic series has now been redesigned and reformatted for a new generation of readers, and it launches with the following four titles.
The unique Tibetan Buddhist amalgam of shamanism, spiritualism, magic, and myth is explored and revealed through its stunning imagery.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500810491
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 11/19/2012
  • Series: Art and Imagination Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Philip Rawson wrote many books on Asian art and culture.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Land of energies 10

The shamanic base 16

The arrival of Buddhism 22

Images for the transcendent 26

The three bodies 32

Bodhisattvas 36

Energies of mantra and vajra 40

Religious life and arts 46

Meditative visualizations 54

Female Wisdoms and the subtle body 62

The ultimate pattern 68

Death rites 76

Iconography of the system 78

Themes

The Buddha 96

Death and bones 98

Chortens 100

Dance-drama 102

Books and wisdom 104

The realm of sound 106

Mantra 108

Phur-bu and vajra 110

The medium 112

Compassionate beings 114

Female sky-goers 116

Human teachers 118

Mandalas 120

The meditative system 122

Transformation and transcendence 124

Further reading 126

Acknowledgments 127

Index 128

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