From Publishers Weekly
A former spiritual and temporal head of Dragyab State, Khem, East Tibet, who has been a research fellow and lecturer in Tibetan Buddhism for nearly 30 years at the University of Bonn, Dagyab Rinpoche is excellently placed to analyze Buddhist symbols (tendrel) and symbolism in Tibetan culture from both Western and Tibetan perspectives. Unfortunately, an opportunity has been missed. Not only is the interesting concept of chu (or "essence-juice and vigor") which informs Tibetan symbolic perception and cultural spirit dropped after the introduction, but the introduction's thought-provoking discussion about methodological parameters for symbol-interpretation is not elaborated either. Indeed, the book is content to list and explicate symbols before trailing off into a wholly inadequate conclusion. This sketchiness is partly offset by the descriptions, many of which have a dictionary-like concision. The book ends with technical apparatus of use only to Tibetan scholars.
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"As Dagyab Rinpoche defines each symbol, hew further illuminates the concepts inherent in Tibetan Buddhism which is, in its earthly manifestation, voluptuously visible." -- Booklist
"Dagyab Rinpoche is an extraordinary person who combines Western scholarship with the depth of the wisdom of being a Tibetan lama." -- Martin Kalff, founding member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy
"Symbolism is the language of the human spirit and this book is the most systematic study of its Tibetan idiom that has yet appeared." -- Huston Smith, author of The Illustrated World's Religions
"This timely book preserves something very valuable-symbols as the visual manifestation of the psyche. The author deserves our thanks...Highly recommended." -- Herbert Guenther, author of Wholeness Lost and Wholeness Regained