The Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols

Author: Robert Beer
Publisher: Serindia Publications, Inc.
ISBN: 1932476032
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Art, Tibetan

Based on the author's previous publication 'The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs', this handbook contains an array of symbols and motifs, accompanied by succinct explanations. It provides treatment of the essential Tibetan religious figures, themes and motifs, both secular and religious. Robert Beer offers a compact, concise reference work based on his previous publication 'The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs'. This handbook contains an extensive array of symbols and motifs, accompanied by succinct explanations. It provides treatment of the most

The Spirit of Buddha

Author: Robin Kyte-Coles
Publisher: teNeues
ISBN: 9783832793159
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Photography

Robin Kyte-Coles a parcouru l'Asie à la recherche d'images du Bouddha et de symboles du bouddhisme. Ce périple esthétique l'a conduit dans des régions isolées du Viêtnam, du Laos, du Cambodge, de la Thaïlande, de la Birmanie, du Népal; de l'Inde et du Sri Lanka. Prises Ie plus souvent sans flash, ses photographies sont envoûtantes - une symphonie de terres ardentes et de tons dorés. A regarder cette série le clichés impressionnants, le spectateur se sent gagné par le calme méditatif au cœur de la pratique du bouddhisme.

Negotiating the Sacred

Author: Elizabeth Burns Coleman
Publisher: ANU E Press
ISBN: 9781920942489
Release Date: 2006-06-01
Genre: Religion

This cross-disciplinary exploration of the role of the sacred, blasphemy and sacrilege in a multicultural society brings together philosophers, theologians, lawyers, historians, curators, anthropologists and sociologists, as well as Christian, Jewish and Islamic and secular perspectives. In bringing together different disciplinary and cultural approaches, the book provides a way of broadening our conceptions of what might count as sacred, sacrilegious and blasphemous, in moral and political terms. In addition, it provides original research data on blasphemy, sacrilege and religious tolerance from a range of disciplines.

Malleable Mara

Author: Michael D. Nichols
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9781438473239
Release Date: 2019-02-14
Genre:

Analyzes the breadth of representations of the mythic figure of Māra in Buddhism to reveal how closely tied such narratives are to the social and historical concerns of Buddhist communities. This is the first book to examine the development of the figure of Māra, who appears across Buddhist traditions as a personification of death and desire. Portrayed as a combination of god and demon, Māra serves as a key antagonist to the Buddha, his followers, and Buddhist teaching in general. From ancient India to later Buddhist thought in East Asia to more recent representations in Western culture and media, Māra has been used to satirize Hindu divinities, taken the form of wrathful Tibetan gods, communicated psychoanalytic tropes, and appeared as a villain in episodes of Doctor Who. Michael D. Nichols details and surveys the historical transformations of the Māra figure and demonstrates how different Buddhist communities at different times have used this symbol to react to changing social and historical circumstances. Employing literary and cultural theory, Nichols argues that the representation of Māra closely parallels and reflects the social concerns and anxieties of the particular Buddhist community producing it. “This book is an original and engaging exploration of the various forms myths about Māra have taken across Buddhist history.” — Maria Heim, author of Voice of the Buddha: Buddhaghosa on the Immeasurable Words

Deities of Tibetan Buddhism

Author: Martin Willson
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
ISBN: 0861710983
Release Date: 2000-03-01
Genre: Art

An extraordinary encyclopedia of Buddhist icons. Illustrating the Rin 'byung brgya rtsa, the Nar thang brgya rtsa, and the Vajravali, the book is based on a collection of over five hundred images of Tibetan deities. The images, presented in the book at full scale, were originally created by a master artist in the early nineteenth century to serve as initiation cards (tsakli). The original tsakli were woodblock prints, hand colored at the request of a Ch'ing Dynasty nobleman who had received the initiations. Such cards are used in ceremonies to introduce the practitioner to the deity and his or her practice. The paintings are housed in the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich. Deities of Tibetan Buddhism is also an indispensable reference tool for Tibetologists, students of Mahayana Buddhism, and museum curators. Its extensive supplementary materials include English translations of the basic invocation texts; the associated visualization with descriptions of the deities' postures, attributes, and colors; and the dharanis and mantras used in their invocation. Co-editor Martin Willson spent more than a decade translating and documenting this work. He has provided detailed explanations of technical terms, enlightening explanatory notes, and glossaries documenting the discrepancies in the depictions. The extensive pictorial index, featuring drawings and text by Robert Beer, explains the symbolic meaning behind the deities' implements and adornments. The cross-referenced indices for Tibetan, Sanskrit, Mongolian, and English names and terms provide quick access to vast amounts of information. Co-editor Martin Brauen and the technical staff of the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich have documented the relationship between this and other sets of initiation cards that exist elsewhere, as well as detailing the construction materials and methods involved in producing this set. Deities of Tibetan Buddhism is a reference book without peer, essential for any serious student of Tibetan and East Asian art and religion.

A Gift of Inner Peace

Author: Gill Farrer-Halls
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN: 0740740628
Release Date: 2004-03-01
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

A Gift of Inner Peace and A Gift of Positive Thinking are two more books in a new inspirational series (see opposite page)that deliver greater understanding, harmony, and enlightenment for all who journey through life. Each volume combines author Gill Farrer-Halls's Buddhist-focused concepts with British artist Robert Beer's exquisite color illustrations inspired by the natural world. Book jackets boast an eye-catching translucent cover with metallic inks.A Gift of Inner Peace confronts the challenge that personal harmony proves elusive in our hectic modern lives, where often all we do only seems to heighten our anxiety and inner turmoil. This book examines karma-the Buddhist law of cause and effect-and teaches how we can free ourselves from negative behavior's destructive cycle. Readers will find helpful exercises, useful meditations, and inspiring lessons, making this the ultimate pocket guide to lasting peace and harmony.

Der Mensch und seine Zeichen

Author: Adrian Frutiger
Publisher:
ISBN: 386539907X
Release Date: 2006
Genre:

Das kleine Standardwerk für alle, die sich einführend und dennoch umfassend mit dem Phänomen der Zeichen und Symbole im allgemeinen und dem der Schriftentwicklung im speziellen auseinandersetzen möchten! In der Verbindung von dem Text des großen Schriftenentwicklers Adrian Frutiger, der die Wurzeln von Symbolen und Schrift verständlich macht, und seinen Illustrationen wird dem Leser Theorie und Praxis der Zeichengestaltung anschaulich vermittelt.

A Communion of Subjects

Author: Paul Waldau
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231509978
Release Date: 2006-12-19
Genre: Philosophy

A Communion of Subjects is the first comparative and interdisciplinary study of the conceptualization of animals in world religions. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including Thomas Berry (cultural history), Wendy Doniger (study of myth), Elizabeth Lawrence (veterinary medicine, ritual studies), Marc Bekoff (cognitive ethology), Marc Hauser (behavioral science), Steven Wise (animals and law), Peter Singer (animals and ethics), and Jane Goodall (primatology) consider how major religious traditions have incorporated animals into their belief systems, myths, rituals, and art. Their findings offer profound insights into humans' relationships with animals and a deeper understanding of the social and ecological web in which we all live. Contributors examine Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Daoism, Confucianism, African religions, traditions from ancient Egypt and early China, and Native American, indigenous Tibetan, and Australian Aboriginal traditions, among others. They explore issues such as animal consciousness, suffering, sacrifice, and stewardship in innovative methodological ways. They also address contemporary challenges relating to law, biotechnology, social justice, and the environment. By grappling with the nature and ideological features of various religious views, the contributors cast religious teachings and practices in a new light. They reveal how we either intentionally or inadvertently marginalize "others," whether they are human or otherwise, reflecting on the ways in which we assign value to living beings. Though it is an ancient concern, the topic of "Religion and Animals" has yet to be systematically studied by modern scholars. This groundbreaking collection takes the first steps toward a meaningful analysis.