ISBN 9781568527611,Tibetan Art Hb Konecky & Konecky

Tibetan Art Hb Konecky & Konecky



Publication Year 2010

ISBN 9781568527611

ISBN-10 1568527616

Hard Back

Number of Pages 216 Pages
Language (English)

The Arts

The rich artistic heritage of Tibet stems from the depths of the meditations of great masters. It translated into them an elaborate symbolic system that takes the form of three-dimensional images or two-dimensional thankas and mandalas. Tibetan Art is a comprehensive introduction to this complex iconography. It provides a glimpse of the underpinnings of this art and the land where it flourished. The reader is introduced to a panoply of divine and earthly beings: the historic Buddha Sakyamuni, arhats, spiritual masters, great lamas, and founders of different religious lineages. as well as celestial Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, female deities, protectors or tutelary gods, ( yi-dams ), defenders of the faith, guardians of the four cardinal points, minor deities and supernatural beings The leading gods are also depicted in various forms and manifestations. It looks deeply into tantric ideas and the energetic union of opposites represented in Yab-Yum imagery with its emphasis on the dakini , the embodiment of the feminine. Tibetan Art takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery. Buddhist deities do not exist outside ourselves, but represent aspects of innate human potential--the capacity for compassion, wisdom, mental discipline, and other spiritual conditions, With no distinct, independent existence or objective reality, these deities are but symbols of abstract qualities that are the emanations of one's own mind, and of the universal mind that venerates perfection.