Deities of Tibetan Buddhism: The Zurich Paintings of the ‘Icons Worthwhile To See’ (Bris sku mthon ba don Idan)
Editors: Martin Willson & Martin Brauen
Translated by Martin Willson, introduced by Martin Brauen, line drawings by Robert Beer, and photographs by Peter Nebel. 602 pages.
Contents: The Paintings – Translations from the Source Texts – Reference Materials, including bibliography, concordances, general index and glossary, index of Sanskrit, Tibetan and Mongolian names, Pictorial index, Identification guide. List of Icons.
In 1810 a great empowerment ceremony was held in Mongolia. The Panchen Lama, His Holiness Tenpei Nyima, was visiting from Tibet. Thousands gathered to receive from him the the four empowerments of the great mandala of the Primordial Buddha. To mark the occasion, a set of pictorial blockprints was commissioned, depicting the deities of three great cycles of empowerments that the Dalai Lama would certainly have been accustomed to give. They comprised 507 small images, printed three to a page in the usual loose-leaf format of Tibetan books. The images here published are in the from of miniature paintings, now in the collection of the Volkerkunde-museum der Universitat Zurich. Included with each deity are the texts for use in daily visualization rites.
Red cloth hardcover, with gilt titles on front cover and spine. Contents ‘as new’ with very light edge wear to base right corner, cover excellent. 10 by 12 inches.