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Reading Buddhist art : an illustrated guide to Buddhist signs and symbols

Author: Meher McArthur
Publisher: New York, NY : Thames & Hudson, 2004. ©2002
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Buddhism has a history of over 2,500 years, and its arts have existed for almost as long, weaving their way with monks and pilgrims through broad areas of Asia and across seas, intermingling with the arts and styles of indigenous cultures. Not surprisingly, the teachings and imagery of this international religion are vast and complex, and the task of deciphering Buddhist symbolism can seem as challenging as the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Meher McArthur
ISBN: 0500284288 9780500284285
OCLC Number: 55099898
Description: 216 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: The Buddhist Pantheon --
Shakyamuni --
Bhaishajyaguru --
Maitreya --
Vairochana --
Akshobhya --
Amitabha, Amitayus --
Ratnasambhava, Amoghasiddhi --
Avalokiteshvara --
Tara --
Akashagarbha --
Kshitigarbha --
Manjushri --
Samantabhadra --
Vajrapani --
Yama --
Yamantaka --
Mahakala --
Lokapala (Guardian Kings) --
Vaishravana, Kubera --
Gate Guardians --
The Five Kings of Mystical Knowledge --
Yidams --
Devas --
Prajnaparamita, Sarasvati, Marici --
Dakinis, Rakshas, Shaktis --
Ashuras, Yakshas, Apsaras --
Arhats --
Bodhidharma --
Padmasambhava --
Xuanzang, Atisha --
Kobo Daishi --
Facial Features --
The Thirty-Two Marks of a Great Man --
Hairstyles, Crowns and Headdresses --
Jewelry and Adornments --
Thrones and Aureoles --
Standing and Walking Postures --
Sitting Postures --
Lying Position --
Embracing Postures --
Gestures of Fearlessness, Gift Giving --
Gestures of Explanation, Turning of the Wheel of the Law --
Gestures of Earth-Touching, Meditation --
Fist of Wisdom, Gesture of Prayer --
Signs, Symbols and Ritual Objects --
The Eight Auspicious Symbols --
Footprints --
The Wheel of the Law --
Lotus --
Precious Jewel --
Swastika --
Trees --
Mountains --
Real Animals --
Mythical Animals --
Diamond Thunderbolt --
Weapons and Instruments --
Daggers and Choppers --
Musical Instruments --
Water and Flower Containers --
Begging Bowls and Skull Cups --
Incense Burners --
Prayer Beads --
Robes and Hats --
Prayer Wheel --
Stupas and Pagodas --
Altars and Shrines --
Sanskrit Letters --
Sacred Texts --
Zen Ink Painting and Calligraphy --
The Six Realms of Rebirth --
Hell Scenes --
Paradise Scenes --
Mandalas --
Major Buddhist Sites --
Bodh Gaya, India --
Sanchi, India --
Ajanta, India --
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka --
Pagan, Burma --
Sukhothai, Thailand --
Angkor, Cambodia --
Borobodur, Indonesia --
Bamiyan, Afghanistan --
Potala Palace, Tibet --
Longmen Caves, China --
Sokkuram, Korea --
Todaiji, Japan --
Ryoanji, Japan.
Responsibility: Meher McArthur.


This is a comprehensive guide to the complex imagery and iconography of Buddhism that will serve equally well as an art-lover's reference as an introduction to the principles of the religion itself.  Read more...
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"McArthur has set for herself no small task: to create a concise, accessible primer to the intricate world of Buddhist art. She succeeds."

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