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Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet
     

Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet

by Marylin M. Rhie, John B. Taylor (Photographer), Robert A. Thurman
 

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This Expanded Edition Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet brings us even closer to the gentle people and the luminous culture of the Land of Snows by showing, explaining, and celebrating two hundred forty-one of its finest and most moving paintings and sculptures. It introduces new aesthetic and psychological interpretations of the Tibetans' ability to

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This Expanded Edition Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet brings us even closer to the gentle people and the luminous culture of the Land of Snows by showing, explaining, and celebrating two hundred forty-one of its finest and most moving paintings and sculptures. It introduces new aesthetic and psychological interpretations of the Tibetans' ability to merge their earthly and spiritual worlds at a practical level.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The startling image of a BuddhaRobin, capped per Web.eed in father-mother union form--a multi-armed ``Supreme Bliss Wheel Integration''--may look both fearsome and erotic to Western eyes. Yet, as this breathtakingly beautiful volume shows, it is a manifestation of Buddha's highest spiritual essence, symbolizing the union of wisdom and compassion. This catalogue of a traveling exhibition features 160 Tibetan sacred paintings, sculptures, tapestries and other works. Nearly half of them are reproduced here for the first time, including colored sand mandalas, celestial landscapes and tangka pictures (icons painted on cotton). In penetrating essays, Rhie, an Asian art specialist at Smith College, and Thurman, a religion professor at Columbia, explore Tibet's sacred artworks as doorways to a realm of enlightenment, or nirvana. This impressive book fills a major gap in documenting Tibetan art. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810939851
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Edition description:
Expanded ed
Pages:
455
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 12.11(h) x 1.44(d)

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