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Images of Enlightenment: Tibetan Art In Practice Paperback – September 18, 2006
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"A concise introduction to the fundamental points of tantric Buddhism as practiced in the Tibetan traditions."—The Mirror
"A clear and straightforward guide to the inner world of this sacred art."—Napra Trade Journal
"Besides the thirty-two full-color plates of images from Shakyamuni Buddha to Amitabha, there are also thirteen line drawings of arahats, great mahasiddhas, and pioneers of Tibetan Buddhism such as Tilopa, Atisha, and Tsongkhapa. The texts are well-written and describe the symbolic self-transformation and expressions of enlightenment depicted. . . . An excellent text for students, scholars, and practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism."—Eastern Horizon
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Images of Enlightenment answers the need for a clear and straight-forward guide to the inner world of Tibetan Buddhist sacred art. Focusing on some of its most important and representative images, this richly illustrated book introduces the reader to the tradition of spiritual self-transformation embodied by these depictions of enlightened energy through clear iconographic representations and descriptions.
"Stands out for the way in which depictions of Buddhist deities are grounded in concise yet detailed descriptions of the meditative practices in which those images would be used. Indeed, this is a potent introduction to Tibetan Buddhism."--Dan Cozort, Dickinson College
"...a concise introduction to the fundamental points of tantric Buddhism as practiced in the Tibetan traditions."--The Mirror
"A clear and straight-forward guide to the inner world of this sacred art."--NAPRA Trade Journal
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Top Customer Reviews
It had all the answers that you had always wanted to ask in the past. For illustration why some deities look so wraughtful, fierce and the significance of those implements or objects they hold.
I like the most is the explaination on the deity background concise, full illustrated, very well elaborated and accurate description.
An indispensible guide! Highly recommended.
Images of Enlightenment is organized around 32 full-color plates, paintings by Andy Weber, a UK-based artist trained in Nepal by refugee Tibetan painters and now himself a widely traveled and respected teacher in Europe and North America. (See the artist's website for more examples of his work and his current teaching schedule.) Each chapter of the book begins with a theme, followed by explanations of the handful of paintings that best represent them. The first chapter on the life of the Buddha and the basics of Buddhist philosophy, for example, includes descriptions of paintings of the Buddha, stupas, and the Wheel of Life.
As an introductory text, the authors cannot hope to cover the nearly 200 deities of Tibetan Buddhism. They manage, though, to provide an informative, well-written, and properly illustrated volume covering some of the most popular images. If you'd like to learn more about the methods and materials used in painting thangka, you might like to see Jackson and Jackson's Tibetan Thangka Painting: Methods & Materials. The paintings used in this book, while well executed, are quite simple and not cluttered with many of the background items found in many thangka.Read more ›
But do yourself a favour and check out the large format print version.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoy their art work and I want to use more as a reference book. Great buy, Thanks so muchPublished on April 15, 2014 by Ms Jan
Like the book as a informational text on meanings of images.Would have liked more on actual technique of making the art.Published on August 23, 2013 by Jefferson
This book is very detailed. I would recommend it for anyone wanting to study Vajrayana although I'd recommend finding a guru first.Published on November 27, 2012 by Thorn73
If you would like to learn some initial words about Budism (tibetan) buy this book. It's amazing. I read this in two days. Read morePublished on November 24, 2011 by Ana Paula Medeiros
Though I am an SGI Buddhist, Tibetan Buddhism intrigues me with their beautiful art. Mr. Landaw clearly describes each entity and Mr. Read morePublished on August 13, 2006 by Nietzsche Infidel