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Images of Enlightenment: Tibetan Art in Practice


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One of the most striking aspects of Tibetan Buddhism is its wealth of visual imagery. Ranging from the tranquility of a serenely poised meditator to the dynamic energy of apparently wrathful figures, this vivid and diverse imagery often leaves Western observers as puzzled as they are fascinated. Who are these figures, and what do they mean? Images of Enlightenment answers the need for a clear and straightforward 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.

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Landaw, a specialist in Tibetan Buddhism, and Weber, a specialist in its iconographic art, provide an overview of Tibetan art to help readers understand and better appreciate what they see when they encounter works of it. They focus on the deities and teachings of the Geluk tradition of Je Tsong Khapa, the tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism they are most familiar with. Being the last of the four traditions to evolve in Tibet, they say, it synthesizes much of the other three. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


This book is unique in its explanation of the relationship between the multifaceted symbolism of Tibetan Buddhist deity images and meditative practice.

About the Author

Andy Weber spent seven years in India and Nepal studying the iconographic art of Tibetan Buddhism, and his work has appeared throughout the world in numerous exhibitions and Buddhist publications. He lives in London,  England.

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Landaw, Jonathan
Snow Lion Publications
Weber, Andy
Buddhist art and symbolism
General Religion
Buddhist art and symbolism -- China -- Tibet.
Tankas (Tibetan scrolls)
Religion Comparative-General
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