The Buddha Tarot Companion: A Mandala of Cards Paperback – Tarot, 31 May 2004
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Robert M. Place is an internationally known visionary artist and illustrator. He is recognized as an expert on the Western mystical tradition and the history and philosophy of the Tarot, and his work has appeared in many books and publications. Place is also the designer, illustrator, and coauthor of the highly acclaimed Alchemical Tarot and The Angels Tarot. He has appeared on The Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel and has conducted lectures and workshops throughout the country, including the Open Center and the Omega Institute in New York and the International Tarot Congress in Chicago. Place's work in precious metals have been displayed in museums such as the New York State Museum, the American Craft Museum, and the White House.
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The card stock is fine, overall presentation good although some of the images could be a bit more detailed.
If you do decide to purchase, I recommend the manual that goes with this deck as there are images that are unique to this deck with its Buddhist focus.
Whilst I am happy with my investment, I recommend viewing the cards on-line before purchase.
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Aside the well illustrated but not overly done buddha tarot deck, in my opinion, this deck would be better used for specific purposes rather than general reading. The white booklet (LWB) has quite a bit of coverage but this companion is a definite must in order to interpret it further.
The companion book does a good coverage of information in the areas of tarots, religion as well as academic studies/knowledge.
Besides the usual explanation of the buddha journey, coincidental linkage to the 22 trumps of the tarots, it also introduces the many buddhism items and association incorporate into the pips and court cards. A beginner should have no problem trying to get familiar with the materials as well as advanced or western ideas adopters.
The author did a good job linking western religions with buddhism, which is usually canned to be an eastern religion. For the standard tarots content and introductory coverage, I will give the book 4 stars. With advanced topics, it deserves 4.5 stars.
Through the contents presentation, it is not difficult to tell that the author is targetting western readers and in order to achieve that, the author did a good job by referencing many western ideas, philosophical and religions teachings such as Plato and Christ. The content may be boring to some but the coverage is definitely extensive and is good enough for academic reference. For religious coverage, it deserve a 4 stars, for knowledge and academic content, it deserves a 5 stars.