Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols

Author(s): Robert Beer


"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; handheld emblems, attributes, and plants; esoteric Vajrayana offerings; and "mudras," or ritual hand gestures.


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General Fields

  • : 9781590301005
  • : Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
  • : Shambhala Publications Inc
  • : 0.66
  • : September 2003
  • : 233mm X 181mm X 19mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Robert Beer
  • : Paperback
  • : 2019
  • : English
  • : 704.94609515
  • : 262
  • : illustrations