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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications; 1 edition (20 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590301005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590301005
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 2 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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"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.

About the Author

Robert Beer has studied and practiced Tibetan thangka painting for thirty years, including five years of study with master artists Jampa of Dharamsala and Khamtrul 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."


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Fantastic book as all book by ROBERT STEEL
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A very expansive book, covering vast swathes of Tibetan Buddhist imagery and symbolism. Detailed descriptions and clear images of the symbols and implements used in dharma practice are found throughout the book. My only critisism would be that there is no index, which can make it tricky if there is something specific you are looking for. However, the auther does mention this in the introduction, as he didn't have time to complete it. Overall, very good, especially if you find the visualisation tricky in practice or are unsure what certain things represent.
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Very impressed with the hard work the author put into creating this book with decades of indepth research. I mainly bought it after having acquired a singing bowl and thanka in Nepal and wanted to know more about the symbols they contained. This book had them all! Plus indepth explanation of the meaning of each sympbol. Simple yet detailed symblos drawn by the author himself show the different ways each symbol can be depicted. Well worth bying if you want to learn more about Buddhist Symbols and Thankas.
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This is a beautiful and informative book. It gives an insight into the use and significance of tibetan symbols, intermingled with detailed drawings. A beautiful reference book.
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it is brilliant i find this info very hard to find online. use it for reference alot great illustrations :-)
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