From Publishers Weekly
Whereas the art of most Buddhist countries features a preponderance of male images, the art of Tibet has traditionally emphasized what the authors call "the strong role of the feminine." This book, one of the first Western titles ever to analyze this unique artistic tradition, is the companion volume to a touring art exhibit about female buddhas. Mullin, a Tibetologist and Buddhist scholar, writes that feminine imagery in Tibetan frescoes and tangka paintings reinforces the notion of the personification of wisdom and meditative consciousness. In Part I, Mullin explores the historical importance and symbolic significance of female buddhas, while the accompanying full-color photographs and illustrations demonstrate their role in daily devotion and meditation. Part II is devoted to the art and its interpretation, with dozens of reproductions of Tibetan masterpieces, drawn from the collection of the Rubin Art Museum that is slated to open in 2004 in New York.
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About the Author
Glenn H Mullin is one of the world's foremost Tibetologists. He has published approximately twenty books on Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism, including a series on the lives and teachings of the early Dalai Lamas. Mullin is an internationally renowned Buddhist scholar, an acclaimed translator of Tibetan classics, a well-known speaker on the international lecture circuit and a popular teacher of Tantric Buddhist meditation. As a youth, Mullin studied engineering at Mt Allison University, Canada, and then travelled to the Himalayas to join the Tibetan Studies Program at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, a small college for Western students that had been established by the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. Mullin remained in Dharamsala for twelve years, where he completed the rigorous training in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and meditation, first at the LTWA and then at the Tsennyi Labtra Monastery. After this he joined the Research and Translation Bureau of the LTWA. Jeff Watt is a curator of the Rubin Art Museum in New York City and is one of the world's foremost experts in Tibetan iconography.