Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion

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Tibet's sacred paintings are among the most marvelous creations of the human spirit, eye, and hand, a fascinating part of the great tapestry of the history of world civilizations. Arising from the Buddhist enlightenment movement, this art seeks not only to delight the viewer, but also to move and inspire the heart and spirit of the human being who seeks a deeper meaning for life and a higher future for all humanity. Worlds of Transformation furthers our understanding of this art, opening our imagination to the ...
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Tibet's sacred paintings are among the most marvelous creations of the human spirit, eye, and hand, a fascinating part of the great tapestry of the history of world civilizations. Arising from the Buddhist enlightenment movement, this art seeks not only to delight the viewer, but also to move and inspire the heart and spirit of the human being who seeks a deeper meaning for life and a higher future for all humanity. Worlds of Transformation furthers our understanding of this art, opening our imagination to the limitless transformative possibilities of life itself. In Worlds of Transformation, Marylin M. Rhie and Robert A. F. Thurman study two hundred superb Tibetan tangka icon paintings, most never before published. These are lucidly explained, giving the history of the paintings and their creators, revealing their stylistic sophistication and variety, and offering insight into their transformative imagery.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810963870
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Forewords 6
Preface 9
Acknowledgments 11
Note on Transcriptions and Terminology 11
Worlds of Transformation 12
Tibetan Painting: Styles, Sources, and Schools 45
Some Karma Kagyupa Paintings in the Rubin Collections 75
Worlds of Transformation: Catalogue 128
The Tibetan World: History as Sacred Icon 130
I The Teacher Shakyamuni: Life and Lives 131
II Arhat Immortals 162
III Bodhisattvas 192
IV Indian Philosophers and Great Adepts 208
V Historic, Mythic, and Celestial Dharma Kings 228
The Four Orders, Their Archetype Deities, and Protectors 241
VI The Nyingma Order 243
VII The Sakya Order 280
VIII The Kagyu Order 312
IX The Geluk Order 347
Transforming the World 401
X Celestial Visions 403
XI Mandalas 429
XII The Tibetan World Transformed 449
Glossary 492
Bibliography 502
Index 506
Owner Attribution 512
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