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Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 10. September 2003

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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 essential Tibetan religious figures, themes, and motifs, both secular and religious. For artists, designers, and all with an interest in Buddhist and Tibetan art, this book features hundreds of the author's own line drawings, depicting landscapes, deities, animals, plants, gurus, mudras (ritual hand gestures), dragons, and other mythic creatures - ranging from complex mythological scenes to small simple ornaments. Robert Beer has studied and practised Tibetan thangka painting for over 30 years. Since the early 1990s, he has worked on an extensive series of iconographic drawings depicting the major deities, lineage holders, and symbols that occur in the spectrum of Tibetan art.

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Robert Beer has studied and practiced Tibetan thangka painting for thirty years, including five years of study with master artists Jampa of Dharamsala and Khamtrül 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. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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An exceptionally fine book 9. Dezember 2004
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This volume took Robert Beer more than 10 years to complete, and one understands why. As far as I know it is the only book on the subject with such superbly crafted illustrations, each meticulously drawn in pencil-thin, lucid detail. There are a huge number of these drawings, and the well-structured text is informative, thorough and scholarly, without being dry. It is an eminent work of very high quality and a joy to read for any Buddhist practitioner, art lover, or just for curiosity. It is surely a classic reference volume. Modesty must have compelled the author and editors to give it the diminutive title 'a handbook' - it is indeed much more. Read it an enjoy.
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Especially informative for connoisseurs of Tibetan art 17. November 2003
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The Handbook Of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols by Robert Beer (who has studied and practice Tibetan thanga painting for more than thirty years) is a straightforward reference guide to the meaningful symbolism of sacred Tibetan art. Black-and-white illustrations depict all the major Buddhist symbols and motifs, while the text offers depth and interpretation behind the meaning and usage of each. The Handbook Of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols is enthusiastically recommended for inclusion into Buddhist Studies and especially informative for connoisseurs of Tibetan art.
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Not to be confused with Beer's Encyclopedia 30. April 2011
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This Handbook is an excellent reference book, handsomely published by Shambhala, and affordable. not confuse this with Beer's Encyclopedia of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols and Motifs. This Handbook is NOT a paperback version of the Encyclopedia. The 400-page Encyclopedia goes into more detail, has additional text, and provides the reader with many, many more pages of drawings. I confused the two and thought I would save some money by buying the paperbound. Nope, it's a much abridged version. If you can afford the Encyclopedia, it is well worth Amazon's price.
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Decoding the Tibetan Buddhist Code 18. Oktober 2007
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Tibetan Buddhist symbolism is extremely complex,yet in this volume artist/Buddhist Robert Beer makes it accessible and understandable. Beer divides the symbolism into identifiable categories such as "Eight Auspicious Symbols","Five Attributes of Sensory Enjoyment","Cosmological Symbols","Main Ritual and Tantric Implements" and "Wrathful Attributes and Offerings." It's a user-friendly handbook.

Beer sheds light on more obscure symbolism-such as the khatvanga (tantric staff),the magical weapons of Shri Devi (the Great Goddess),and the gzi stone. He explains it within the framework of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and practice.

To his credit,Beer doesn't gloss over the more gruesome aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. He explains why wrathful deities are depicted wearing garlands made of skulls and severed heads,or holding intestines in their hands. For some, the wrathful deities are seen as a way of sublimating violent tendencies,while others see them as worshipping ugliness. Beer leaves it to the reader to judge.

"A Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols" is a perfect guidebook to Tibetan Buddhism. It's written for the layman,the newbie,and is engrossing reading.
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Buddhist Iconography Guide 23. Juni 2009
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This is an excellent resource for decoding the complex and concept laden symbolism in Buddhist sacred art. The drawings are clear while having a grace all their own. Robert Beer's text concisely provides the meaning and some background to the evolution of the symbols which are sometimes derived and from Hindu or indigenous Asian cultures. This book will quickly become a well thumbed guide to anyone who is curious about Buddhist art.
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