西藏佛教密宗艺术
外文出版社 / 1999-01出版
简介

The Realm of Tibetan Buddhism

Esoteric Buddhism, which originated in ancient
India, was introduced into Tibet in the seventh cen-
tury. Since then, it has evolved in a different social
and historical environment into.a unique sect known
as Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism. Regarded by the Ti-
betan Buddhists as "the essence of the sacred reli-
gion", it has a long tradition in Tibet and its influence
on the culture, history and the life of the Tibetan
people has been very strong. To gain a true under-
standing of Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism, one has to
study not only its canonical texts, but its works of art
related to the religious beliefs. These works, in the
various forms and expressions, will bring one into
visual contact with the religious order.

The Realm of Tlbetan Buddhlsm outlines the
origin, development, canonical texts, meditative
practices and, in particular, the works of art related
to Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism. These works of art are
divided into eight categories: bronzes, cloth painting,
frescoes, clay moulding, wood carving. wood tablet
painting, stone carving and ritual objects. The 159
pictures contained in this book which amply show the
works of art in their traditional style, are taken
directly from various sites in Tibet during a period of
five years. Many of the objccts shown in the pictures
are valuable cultural relics and arc rare items of art
in Tibet. The Realm of Tibetan Buddhism, with its
scholarly introduction and precious pictures, will be
of enormous value to artists, students and scholars
of Buddhism in general and of Tibetan Buddhism in
particular.

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