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Tibetan Buddhist Altars: A Pop-Up Gallery of Traditional Art and Wisdom Hardcover – August 25, 2004


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  • Hardcover: 7 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (August 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577314670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577314677
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The pictures are wonderful.
MoonFaerie
Unfortunately, this lovely book of pop-up altars is now out of print.
M. Forbes
This is a brilliantly conceived and executed book.
D. Golden

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Golden on June 23, 2005
This is a brilliantly conceived and executed book. It benefits from the great skills of two well known and highly respected artists. The illustrations and text are provided by Robert Beers, one of the west's most highly regarded practitioners of the art of drawing and painting authentic Tibetan Buddhist imagery. His amazing illustrations are brought to life through the stunning efforts of David A. Carter, a man who has taken the art of pop up books to a whole new level.

The details, colors and engineering demonstrated in this little book are very faithful to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and each " page " contains the appropriate mantra for and description of the Shakyamuni Buddha, Avalokiteshvara ( the Buddha of Compassion, the Green Tara ( a powerful female deity ), Manjushri, and the Medicine Buddha ( aka Men-La ).

This book makes a wonderful gift for anyone with an interest in Tibetan Buddhism, or for anyone who appreciates beauty. Amazon's current price for this gem is a steal. Buy it and enjoy!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Julia Masi on December 21, 2005
More elegant and sophisticated than your average pop-up book, this one will appeal to art lovers and anyone interested in Asian culture. Each altar is engineered with such precision you'll hate to turn the page or close the book. You might consider buying more than one. Keep a copy in your library and another on display with your works of art. Recommended for any mature pop-up book collector. Great gift for that friend who has everything.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MoonFaerie on February 13, 2006
This alter book is great, I can take it with me put it up anywhere even in the woods to have my meditation anyplace I wish. Great on trips at home. Colorful and Unique, all that you need in one book. What a wonderful Idea, I highly recommend this to anyone just starting out or whatever. The pictures are wonderful. I use mine every chance I get. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kyle A. Locascio on January 4, 2007
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The pop up altars in this book are just amazingly detailed and so beautiful. I have given several of them away to friends who travel a lot as I thought it would be a nice portable altar while they were on the road. They were very well-received. I highly recommend this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kim~ on August 27, 2005
This book is beautiful and is a very peaceful way to make your own altar and medidtate on the images within. It provides you with many different and lovely options to meditate on.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard Weiss on August 16, 2005
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A superbly thought-out and executed pop-up book. A joy both for design and content.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amaranth on October 17, 2007
Tibetan Buddhism is intimidating in its complexity. Despite the Dalai Lama's accessible,user-friendly books about happiness and compassion, it remains exotic with its visualizations, mantras, and imagery.

"Tibetan Buddhist Altars:A Pop-Up Gallery of Traditional Art and Wisdom" is a colorful and surprisingly reverent introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. The "portable altars" are to Shakyamuni Buddha (the historical Buddha),Padmapani Avalokiteshvara,Green Tara,Manjushri,and Medicine Buddha. The chants are written in Tibetan with English translations.The symbolism is explained. For western Buddhists who have passing familiarity with Tara, Avalokiteshvara (the Dalai Lama is considered an embodiment of him), and the various forms of the Buddha, this is helpful.

This is a wonderful introduction to Tibetan Buddhism for the beginner. It's high-quality and colorful. It's a SPIRITUAL pop-up book! (and there aren't many of those)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gram M. on January 11, 2007
This was a gift for my adult granddaughter who spent a year in India studying Tibetan and Nepali religion, culture and languages. She was delighted with it. The format of having individual altars, with accompanying explanations, was perfect for this subject matter.
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