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Tibetan art and Buddhism share a close interrelationship, beginning with roots in the religion and culture of India, which for thousands of years has been the wellspring of a fascinating wealth of visual imagery. From paintings and sculptures of demons and Buddhas to the tiny motifs that appear as decoration, each representational element has a specific meaning with both a religious and historical dimension.
The most common form of Tibetan painting, the thangka -- an aid to meditation created as a devotional act by a monk to bestow blessings and protection upon the believer -- is filled with ancient and intricate symbolism. Robert Beer has decoded its meaning for artists, the general reader, and those seeking a deeper knowledge of this religion, which has taken firm root in Western culture over the last three decades. When the Chinese invaded Tibet, they destroyed many original thangkas but could not touch the original designs, which have been transmitted from monk to monk, artist to artist, over the course of thousands of years.
The author and illustrator, a British artist, studied thangka painting for more than 30 years, and spent the last 18 years working on brush drawings of Tibetan iconographic symbols. He began in Dharamsala, India, studying sketches by an artist named Jampa from Lhasa, the painter to the Dalai Lama. The breadth of his knowledge and the scope of his studies are immediately apparent from the text of the encyclopedic entries.
As Buddhist teaching is transmitted through art designed to open the imagination to new ways of perceiving the world, so The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to widen their knowledge of this ancient religious art.