Robert Beer is a British artist who has studied and practiced Tibetan thangka painting for more than 30 years. This book on the sacred art of Tibet is the result of a lifetime's research and reflection on the inner and often hidden meanings and origins encapsulated in this complex iconographical tradition. The book contains several thousand individual drawings that illustrate the many variations in style, lineages and individual expression in Tibetan sacred art.
The authoritative text interweaves the origins, meanings and functions of these symbols within the Buddhist tradition. A most excellent reference book for all those interested in Tibetan Buddhist art and symbolism. Based on the author's previous publication "The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs", this handbook contains an array of symbols and motifs, accompanied by succinct explanations. It provides treatment of the essential Tibetan religious figures, themes and motifs, both secular and religious.