Worlds of Transformation
Tibet's sacred paintings are among the most marvelous creations of the human spirit, eye, and hand, a fascinating part of the great tapestry of the history of world civilizations. Arising from the Buddhist enlightenment movement, this art seeks not only to delight the viewer, but also to move and inspire the heart and spirit of the human being who seeks a deeper meaning for life and a higher future for all humanity. Worlds of Transformation furthers our understanding of this art, opening our imagination to the limitless transformative possibilities of life itself.
In Worlds of Transformation, Marylin M. Rhie and Robert A. F. Thurman study two hundred superb Tibetan tangka icon paintings, most never before published. These are lucidly explained, giving the history of the paintings and their creators, revealing their stylistic sophistication and variety, and offering insight into their transformative imagery.
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Robert A F Thurman
STYLES SOURCES AND SCHOOLS
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18th century 18th century Tangka adept Amitabha arhat artists Atisha Avalokiteshvara bliss blue bodhisattva body Buddhist Central Regions Chakrasamvara Chinese Choying Gyatso clouds color dakinis depicted developed Dharma disciples distemper on cotton Dorjey early Eastern Tibet eight elements enlightenment Father-Mother fierce Fifth Dalai Lama four-armed Ganden Gelukpa gesture halo holding Indian inscription Jackson jewel Kadampa Kagyu Kagyupa Kalachakra Karma Gardri Karmapa Kham Khyenri king landscape late 18th Lhasa lineage lotus lower Mahakala main figure Maitreya mandala Manjushri master Menri Milarepa monastery monastic monk Museum Nyingma Padma Sambhava palace Panchen Lama Penden Lhamo pigments on cotton probably protector Rhie and Thurman Rinpoche robes Rubin collection Sakya Sakyapa scenes second half Shakyamuni Buddha Shambhala sits sized pigments skullbowl stupa style stylistic symbolizing Tantra Tantric teaching temple throne Tibetan art Tibetan painting tradition tree Tsong Khapa vajra Vajradhara Vajrapani wall paintings wisdom Yamantaka yogin