The Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols is a portal into the rich, multifaceted, and profound symbolism of Tibetan sacred art. Robert Beer provides a deep and encompassing insight into the vast array of symbols and attributes that appear within the complex iconography of Tibetan Buddhism. The succinct descriptions that accompany his detailed line drawings reveal the origins, meanings, and functions of these symbols. Beer unravels the multiple layers of symbolism and meaning contained within the iconography, affording the reader a panoramic vision into the deeper dimensions of this sacred art.
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.
Robert Beer has studied and practiced Tibetan thangka painting for thirty years, including five years of study with master artists Jampa of Dharamsala and Khamtrül Rinpoche of Tashijong. Beer is one of the first Westerners to become actively involved in this art form. Over the last two decades he has concentrated on an extensive series of iconographical drawings depicting the major deities, lineage holders, and symbols that occur in the spectrum of Tibetan art.
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 3 months ago by M. Corcoran
This book is a great resource that explains common Tibetan Buddhist symbols. I use it regularly!Published 5 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 19 months ago by carolegs
This is an abridged and more affordable version of The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs, A good on the go referencePublished 23 months ago 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.
For lack of better words, Amazing! This book answers every question that you may have about the symbolism of Tibetan Buddhism but if your question doesn't get answered or you wish... Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by Matthew Griep
I learned a lot and will continue to learn Tibetan culture and art from this book. I am not sure that this book includes all of the Tibetan Buddhist symbols, but I can say this... Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by Amazon Customer