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The Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols Paperback – October 14, 2003
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Drawn largely from Beer?s monumental work The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs, the meticulous brush drawings in this book depict all of the major Buddhist symbols and motifs, including the various groups of auspicious symbols; cosmological symbols; natural and mythical animals, such as the dragon, garuda, and makara; the entire assembly of ritual tantric implements and weapons; magical and wrathful symbols; hand-held emblems, attributes, and plants; esoteric Vajrayana offerings; and mudras, or ritual hand gestures.
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Beer sheds light on more obscure symbolism-such as the khatvanga (tantric staff),the magical weapons of Shri Devi (the Great Goddess),and the gzi stone. He explains it within the framework of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and practice.
To his credit,Beer doesn't gloss over the more gruesome aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. He explains why wrathful deities are depicted wearing garlands made of skulls and severed heads,or holding intestines in their hands. For some, the wrathful deities are seen as a way of sublimating violent tendencies,while others see them as worshipping ugliness. Beer leaves it to the reader to judge.
"A Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols" is a perfect guidebook to Tibetan Buddhism. It's written for the layman,the newbie,and is engrossing reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a thoroughly helpful volume this is! I love Robert Beers work and his exactitude in descriptions has given me a peek at the depth of symbolism contained within Tibetan... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carolyn
Most of the symbols had a very violent and negative description. Lots of weapons and not many peaceful symbols?? Wasn't what I was expecting.Published 3 months ago by renee lazorik
A great deal of time went into drawing the symbols. This was a work of great love. I read it along with Dagyab Rinpoche's book on Buddhist Symbols in Tibetan Culture. Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. Corcoran
This book is a great resource that explains common Tibetan Buddhist symbols. I use it regularly!Published 10 months ago by Jessica Rafka
I love anything by Robert Beer. His work is always brilliant and useful, with well-explained information. Also clearly defined vocabulary of the culture and spirituality.Published on January 31, 2014 by carolegs
This is an abridged and more affordable version of The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs, A good on the go referencePublished on September 16, 2013 by Michael Blocher
The obvious commitment and care that went into the creation of this book is outstanding. It contains beautifully drawn artwork and is full of information and wisdom presented in... Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Linda P.