Symbolism in Tibetan Buddhist Art

Symbolism in Tibetan Buddhist Art

This exploration and explanation of Tibetan Buddhist symbols uses full color images of the actual art work painted over the last 6 centuries in Tibet.  By using the actual art work the context is kept and expounded on so the reader can fully appreciate the depth of meaning. Explanations are offered into the various layers of those meanings and how they can be applied by any person seeking truth and self-awareness on the path to enlightenment. This leads to a powerful multilayered message and instruction that the viewer and reader can apply to their own journey. The actual teachings of Buddha are used to explain the Path to Awareness.

We have ventured into the wisdom secrets of the esoteric world of tantric Tibetan Buddhism. Translations of originating texts from noted teachers such as Tilopa, and Naropa among others is key to unlocking the esoteric world. Along the way we provide context to the symbols, so when symbols have divergent meanings the viewer can determine which meaning applies to that particular depiction.

For example, delving into a seemingly simple depiction of cinnabar, a road map is presented to connect to the mind-stream. The thought process shown in the multilayered context of cinnabar in Tibetan art, points the way to focus meditation and access primordial wisdom. Buddha recommended cinnabar to access this supernormal wisdom.

Another example would be the yin-yang symbol: what does it have to do with the Dharma Wheel and the Eightfold Noble Path? We show the relationships provided by context in ways no other book has explored.

A review from Jamie Colpean:

This book is an excellent reference to the meanings of symbols in Tibetan Buddhism. It also happens to be an interesting read because of the well written text and accompanying photos. I found myself appreciating the way these symbols were all woven together like a beautifully ornate knot within the text. Their meanings overlap through out. None of these symbols exist in a vacuum. In this book the meanings become alive as guides to inner roads and understandings about the self. The immense complexity of human psychology represented by Buddhist symbology is presented in a well-organized and digestible manner— rather than a typical dry reference manual— this book has a heart beat. An excellent introduction and/or a handy refresher—- this book makes a wonderful addition to my library.

ISBNs are as follows:
paperback 978-0-9975669-9-4 (retail 28.95)
hardcover 978-0-9975669-8-7 (retail 37.95)
ebook 978-0-9975669-7-0 (retail 12.99)