ORACLES AND DEMONS OF TIBET: The Cult and Iconography of the Tibetan Protective Deities by Rene De Nebesky-Wojkowitz
This definitive study of Tibetan protector deities reveals much about the early shamanistic base from which the Bon religion developed. The secrecy with which Tibetans surround the cult of the protective deities, especially the ceremonies involving ritual dances, divinations, black magic and weathermaking, was overcome by the author and he received instruction on these topics. He classifies the protective deities, details their appearance and attributes, and describes sacrificial objects, offerings, ceremonies, and oracles--their trances, ceremonies and attire.
These 145 illustrated Tibetan Buddhist symbols, and the instructions for incorporating them into everyday life, will please the eye, mind, and soul. Gaze upon Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who exist for the benefit of all living beings. Also: mudras (sacred gestures), good luck symbols, ritual structures, and more.
READING BUDDHIST ART: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols by Meher McArthur
Buddhism and its arts have existed for more than 2500 years, weaving their way with minks and pilgrims through broad areas of the Asian continent and across seas, mingling with the arts and styles of indigenous cultures. This book explores the complex imagery and teachings of Buddhism, whose iconography and symbolism can often seem as challenging as the search for enlightenment itself.
This book traces the evolution of the vast Buddhist pantheon in India and Tibet, characterises the morphology of outstanding divinities and describes around seventy Tibetan thanka scrolls. The volume comprises three sections: theogony, theophany and scrolls.
Sacred Buddhist Painting is a lucid and readable account of thangka painting--a form of scroll painting integral to Tibetan Buddhist worship. Painting (along with sculpture) was crucial to the religious life of Tibet. Ordinary Tibetans were often advised by their religious preceptors to commission a painting for the "removal" of physical or mental obstacles, or to create the prerequisites for a long and healthy life.
WORLDS OF TRANSFORMATION by Marylin M. Rhie, Robert Thurman
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.
THANGKA: The Sacred Painting of Tibet by J.R. Santiago
Tibetan thangka painting is one of the great arts of Asia and anyone examining even a small number of thangka paintings cannot help being impressed by the exquisite materials and consummate skills that go into their creation. This book introduces the reader to a most unique form of Eastern art.
THANKA PAINTING OF THE TSANG-PA TRADITION OF TIBET by Phuntsok Sangpo
In this book, the renowned Master Thangka Painter put down in writing his life story and the process through which he under went to become one of the established masters. The book is bilingual, Tibetan and English. Description and the scale of the Thangka's are both explained in Tibetan as well as in English.
The book contains many original collections of his Thangka in rich colours. The book is something no Thankga painting student or archives could afford to neglect. Text in Tibetan and English.
TIBETAN THANKA PAINTING: Portrayal of Mysticism by Pema Namdol Thaye
This current book by Pema Namdol is a compilation of many years of hard work and dedication to excellence in his field. It is the first time that he has allowed the reproduction of his work in any way.
This innovative Master Artist is not only committed to bringing the mystical beauty of Tibetan painting to the world at large, but also the beauty of the spiritual concepts and in depth philosophy. The diversity of topics covered in this book is sure to appeal to a wide variety of people. It covers a range of areas regarding various aspects of the art.
This book is a must for Tibetologists, scholars, students, artists, those intrigued by Buddhism, and those who simply wish to share his passion, his thoughts and his methods of the processes involved, from the technical to the metaphysical, in the creation of a spiritual masterpiece.