Reading Buddhist Art An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols

ISBN-10: 0500284288
ISBN-13: 9780500284285
Edition: 2004
Authors: Meher McArthur
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 4/17/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
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
Glossary of Key Buddhist Terms
Further Reading
Illustration Acknowledgments
Index

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