The Dalai Lama's Secret Temple

The Dalai Lama's Secret Temple : Tantric Wall Paintings from Tibet

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On a willow-covered island behind Tibet's Potala Palace is a small pagoda roofed Khang, or temple, a place reserved exclusively for the Dalai Lamas as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat. During the brief reign of the Sixth Dalai Lama, who built the Lukhang Temple in the 18th century, unknown artists created a series of mysterious paintings on its chapel walls; comparable in quality and ambition to the Sistine Chapel in Rome, these masterpieces of Tibetan art are superbly reproduced here in this extraordinary publication, which is now available in paperback. This treasure of Tibetan Buddhist spirituality is presented in a magnificent and sumptuous large format edition. The vivid detail, rich colour and awe-inspiring impact of this path to spiritual liberation can at last be experienced outside the Lukhang Chapel.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 240 x 320 x 18.54mm | 1,320g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 38 Illustrations, black and white; 150 Illustrations, color
  • 0500289611
  • 9780500289617
  • 194,250

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'Ian Baker lucidly evokes the depth and subtlety of Tibetan Art, healing and spirituality ... his writing transforms the ancient wisdom of the East into prose that's both inspiring and poetic' - Deepak Chopra 'Magnificent ... a truly remarkable book. It is very big and the sumptuous photographs tell mystical and magical stories ... full of lovely old murals and drawings, beauty, humour and wisdom' - Outlook [The Swedenborg Movement]
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About Ian A. Baker

Ian Baker has studied Tibetan art and culture for more than thirty years. Among his other books is The Tibetan Art of Healing, also published by Thames & Hudson.

Thomas Laird's photographs have appeared in leading travel publications.
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