The Tibetan Iconography of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and other Deities

author: Lokesh Chandra
edition: 2002, D. K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
pages: 807
language: English
ISBN-10: 812460178X
ISBN-13: 9788124601785
Topic: Tibetan-buddhism

Summary: This book deals with the iconography of deities within the Pantheon of Tibetan Buddhism, such as Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Gurus (Teachers), Matrkas (Goddesses), Arhats, Protective Deities and various other spiritual entities. The Buddhist art and iconography in this book is accompanied by Chinese eulogies.

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Beginning with a few aniconic symbols, like footprints, the Bo tree or stupas, in the pre-christian Indian art, Buddhism, over the centuries, came to evolve a bewildering array of deities - in ever-increasing number of pantheons. Interestingly, in Buddhism today, there are perhaps as many pantheons as there are countries, or internal regions or sects within them.

Chou Fo P'u-sa sheng Hsiang Tsan, in focus here, is one these many Buddhist pantheons and acknowledgedly the 'culmination of Lamaist art'. Authored by Rol. pahi.rdo.rje, alias Lalitavajra, (1717-1786): an imperial preceptor of Emperor Ch'ien-lung (1736-1795), it is a rare set of 360 wood-cuts/xylographs, representing varying forms and manifestations of the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, tantric and tutelary deities, arhats, sages, teachers, dharmapalas and protective divinities. It is also accompanied by 360 'eulogies' in Chinese.

Two internationally distinguished scholars here team up to present afresh the Chou Fo p'u-sa Sheng Hsiang Tsan, aptly called 'a unique pantheon'. Drawing together all the 360 wood-cut images in their vividly enlarged/enhanced versions - without compromising their aesthetic integrity, the book not only captures their subtle iconic devices, but spells out as well, in meticulous detail, all their iconic attributes, like body postures, faces, arms/hands, mudras, asanas, vahanas, companions, and whether clam or wrathful. The book also incorporates the names of each deity/deity-form in Sanskrit, Manchu, Mongolian, Tibetan, and Chinese.

Unveiling for the first time, the images of a veritably unique pantheon, in their enlarged format, and their accompanying Chinese eulogies, the book is bound to fascinate anyone concerned with Buddhist art and iconography.

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[About the Authors (Lokesh Chandra and Fredrick W. Bunce)]

Contents of this online book (index):

The full text of the The Tibetan Iconography of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and other Deities in English can be quickly summarized in the following table of contents. Becaue these pages are not available to read online, I would recommend you buy the book.

Nagarjuna [link]
Asanga [link]
Aryadeva [link]
Vasubandhu [link]
Dinnaga [link]
Dharmakirti [link]
Gunaprabha [link]
Sakyaprabha [link]
Candrakirti [link]
Santideva [link]
Saraha [link]
Luhipada [link]
Ghantapada [link]
Krsnacarin [link]
Lalita (vajra) [link]
Dombipada [link]
Tailikapada [link]
Nadapada [link]
Arya-Atisa [link]
hBrom-ston-pa [link]
bCon-kha-pa chen-po [link]
Yuvarajasvamin [link]
Panditasiddhasvamin [link]
Siddhasamgha [link]
Svamimahapandita-Sumatidharmadhvaja [link]
Svami-Vagisvarasumatisagara [link]
Mahapandita-Sumatijnana [link]
Dalai Lama Kalpabhadrasamudra [link]
Jina Vajradhara [link]
Guhyasamaja-Manjuvajra [link]
Antarasadhana-Manjughosa [link]
Guhyasamaja-Aksobhyavajra [link]
Guhyasamaja-Lokesvara [link]
Jinasagara-Avalokitesvara [link]
Kalacakra [link]
Sri-Cakrasamvara [link]
Sita-Samvara [link]
Vajrasattva-Samvara [link]
Sahaja-Samvara [link]
Garuda-Samvara [link]
Sabala Vajragrauda [link]
Bhairava [link]
Krsnari [link]
Sanmukha [link]
Rakta-Yamari [link]
Ekavira-Bhairava [link]
Hevajra [link]
Hrdaya-Hevajra [link]
Vajramrta [link]
Mahamaya [link]
Buddhakapala [link]
Jnanadakini [link]
Nairatma [link]
Vajravarahi [link]
Dakini [link]
Vajrahumkara [link]
Vajracatuhpitha [link]
Yogambara [link]
Mahacakra-Vajrapani [link]
Kurukulla [link]
Guhyasadhana-Hayagriva [link]
Padmanartesvara-Haygriva [link]
Caturbhuja-Amitayus [link]
Amitayus [link]
Vajradhatu [link]
Vairocana-Sakyasimha [link]
Dharmadhatu-Vagisvara [link]
Sarvavid-Vairocana [link]
Vajrasattva [link]
Abhisambodhi-Vairocana [link]
Bhutadamara-Vajrapani [link]
Nilambaradhara-Vajrapani [link]
Alpa-canda-Vajrapani (Chun) [link]
Ucarya-Vajrapani [link]
Trimukha-sadbhuja-Canda [link]
Lohakhadga-Hayagriva [link]
Vairocana [link]
Aksobhya [link]
Ratnasambhava [link]
Amitabha [link]
Amoghasiddhi [link]
Sakyamuni [link]
Vajragarbhapramardin [link]
Ratnarcis [link]
Nagesvararaja [link]
Virasena [link]
Viranandin [link]
Ratnagni [link]
Ratnacandraprabha [link]
Amoghadarsin [link]
Ratnacandra [link]
Vimala [link]
Suradatta [link]
Brahman [link]
Brahmadatta [link]
Varuna [link]
Varunadeva [link]
Bhadrasri [link]
Candanasri [link]
Anantaujas [link]
Prabhasasri [link]
Asokasri [link]
Narayana [link]
Kusumasri [link]
Brahmajyotirvikriditabhijna [link]
Padmajyotirvikriditabhijna [link]
Dhanasri [link]
Smrtisri [link]
Suparikirtitanamasri [link]
Indraketudhvajaraja [link]
Suvikrantasri [link]
Yuddhajaya [link]
Vikrantagamisri [link]
Samantavabhasavyuhasri [link]
Ratnapadmavikramin [link]
Sailendraraja (Buddha) [link]
Anucarin (?) (Buddha) [link]
Abhyudgataraja (Buddha) [link]
Hkhon.dan (?) [link]
Ratnangavyuhadyuti (Buddha) [link]
Sans.rgyas Bdud.dan.yid.gnis.kun.hjoms [link]
Avaivartikacakrasambhavasri [link]
Ratnacchattrodgata [link]
Sans.rgyas [link]
Nirbhayavigatatamoraja (?) [link]
Prathamacittotpadasamsayacchedika (?) [link]
Vipasyin (Buddha) [link]
Sikhin [link]
Visvabhu [link]
Krakucchanda [link]
Kanakamuni [link]
Kasyapa [link]
Suparikirtitanamasriraja [link]
Ratnacandrapadma-pratimanditapandita (?) tejahsvaraghosaraja [link]
Suvarnabhadravimalaratnaprabhasavrata [link]
Asokottamasri [link]
Dharmakirtisagaraghosa [link]
Dharmakirtisagaragra (?) mativikriditabhijnaraja [link]
Bhaisajyaguru-Vaiduryaprabharaja [link]
Simhanada [link]
Vajraksobhya [link]
Rasmisamudgatasrikutaraja [link]
Samantadarsin [link]
Ratnasikhin [link]
Sita-Manjughosa [link]
Kumarabhuta-Manjusri [link]
Sthiracakra-Manjughosa [link]
Guhyasadhana-Manjughosa [link]
Simhanada-Manjughosa [link]
Vadirad-Manjughosa [link]
Astabhuja-Dharmadhatuvagisvara-Manjughosa [link]
Bhadrasvaresvara(?)raja-Manjughosa [link]
Rajalila-Manjughosa [link]
Trailokyavasyadhikara-Manjughosa [link]
Caturbhuja-Namasamgiti-Manjughosa [link]
Prajnacakra-Manjughosa [link]
Tiksna-Manjusri [link]
Caturbhuja-Avalokitesvara [link]
Padmavikasana-Avalokitesvara [link]
Khasarpana-Avalokitesvara [link]
Simhanada-Avalokitesvara [link]
Halahala-Lokesvara [link]
Vajradharma-Avalokitesvara [link]
Dvibhuja-Padmanartesvara-Avalokitesvara [link]
Astadasabhuja-Padmanartesvara [link]
Hariharivahana-Avolokitesvara [link]
Trailokyavasamkara-Avalokitesvara [link]
Caturbhuja-rakta-Lokesvara [link]
Nilakantha Lokesvara [link]
Mayajalakrama-Avalokitesvara [link]
Amoghapasa [link]
Mahabhumika(?)-rakta-Avalokitesvara [link]
Ekadasamukha [link]
Gaganaraja [link]
Cittavisramana-Avalokitesvara [link]
Cintamani-Avalokitesvara [link]
Vajragarbhapramardin-Avalokitesvara [link]
Vajramusti [link]
Vajrayaksa [link]
Vajraraksa [link]
Vajrakarma [link]
Vajrabhasa [link]
Vajrahetu [link]
Vajratiksna [link]
Vajradharma [link]
Vajrahasa [link]
Vajraketu [link]
Vajratejas [link]
Vajraratna [link]
Vajrasadhu [link]
Vajraraga [link]
Vajraraja [link]
Vajrasattva (Bodhisattva) [link]
Caturbhuja-Maitreya [link]
Dvibhuja-Maitreya [link]
Akasagarbha [link]
Ksitigarbha [link]
Samantabhadra [link]
Sarvanivaranaviskambhin [link]
Hastivahana-Samantabhadra [link]
Mahasahasrapramardani [link]
Mahamayuri [link]
Sitavati [link]
Mantranudharani [link]
Pratisara [link]
Khadiravani-Tara [link]
Pravira(?)-Tara [link]
Candrakanti(?)-Tara [link]
Kanakavarna-Tara [link]
Usnisa-Tara [link]
Humsvaranadini-Tara [link]
Vijaya-Tara [link]
Aparajita-Tara [link]
Marasudana-Tara [link]
Sokavinodana-Tara [link]
Jagadvasi(?)-Tara [link]
Mangalotpadana-Tara [link]
Pacaka-Tara [link]
Kruddha-Kali-Tara [link]
Mahasanti-Tara [link]
Raganisudana-Tara [link]
Sukhada-Tara [link]
Sita-Vijaya-Tara [link]
Duhkhadahana-Tara [link]
Siddhida-Tara [link]
Paripurna-Tara or Parinispanna-Tara [link]
Janguli-Tara [link]
(Vajra) panjarabhasita-Vajratara [link]
Cinakrama-Tara [link]
Cintamanicakra-sita-Tara [link]
Caturbhuja-Cintamanirajni [link]
Sadbhuja-sita-Tara [link]
Dhanada-Tara [link]
Durgottarini-Tara [link]
Sarvarthasadhana-Tara [link]
Arya-Janguli [link]
Caturvimsatibhuj-Ekajata (devi) [link]
Visvamatr [link]
Ekajata (devi) [link]
Caturbhuja-Cunda(devi) [link]
Bahubhuja-Cunda(devi) [link]
Dasabhuja-Marici [link]
Astabhuja-Marici [link]
Dvibhuja-Marici [link]
Marici (with jade girdle) [link]
Vajradhatvisvari-Marici [link]
Usnisavijaya [link]
Arya-Sitatapatra [link]
Sadbhuja-Parnasabari [link]
Dvibhuja-Parnasabari [link]
Dvibhuja-Prajnaparamita [link]
Caturbhuja-Prajnaparamita [link]
Sadbhuja-Vajrasarasvati [link]
Dvibhuja-Vajrasarasvati [link]
Vina-Sarasvati [link]
Bhrkuti (devi) [link]
Vajracarcika [link]
Dvibhuja-Pratisara [link]
Mahapratyangira [link]
Dhvajagrakeyura [link]
Aparajita [link]
Vajragandhari [link]
Dharmavajri [link]
Karmavajri [link]
Sattvavajri [link]
Ratnavajri [link]
Sramana [link]
Dhanada [link]
Grahamatrka [link]
Prajnalokakrtya-sita-Vajra-varahi [link]
Sarvarthasadhana-Varahi [link]
Angaja [link]
Ajita [link]
Vanavasin [link]
Kalika [link]
Vajriputra [link]
Bhadra [link]
Kanakavatsa [link]
Kanakabharadvaja [link]
Bakula [link]
Rahula [link]
Cudapanthaka [link]
Pindolabharadvaja [link]
Panthaka [link]
Nagasena [link]
Gopaka [link]
Abheda [link]
Upasaka-Dharmatala [link]
Upasaka-Hva-san [link]
Mahakasyapa [link]
Ananda [link]
Sanakavasin [link]
Upagupta [link]
Dhitika [link]
Kala [link]
Sudarsana [link]
Sadbhuja-Mahakala [link]
hBron-zhal-can [link]
Simhavahana-Taksad [link]
Mahakala-Taksad [link]
Vyaghravahana-Mahakala [link]
Bhagavad-Mahakala [link]
Danda(dhara)-Mahakala [link]
Kakasya-Karmanatha [link]
Panjara-Mahakala [link]
Caturbhuja-Mahakala [link]
Brahmanarupa (Mahakala) [link]
Krsna-Taksad [link]
Sankhapali (devi) [link]
Dhumavati (devi) [link]
Dvibhuja-Srimati-Devi [link]
Dharmaraja [link]
Takkiraja [link]
Jinamitra [link]
Ksetrapala [link]
Ayuspati-Mahakala [link]
Sita-Cintamani-Mahakala [link]
Sita-Ayurvardhana-Vaisravana [link]
Raudra-Krsna-Vaisravana [link]
Maharaja-Vaisravana [link]
Raktasula-Vaisravana [link]
Mahapita-Vaisravana [link]
Drdha-Prthivi (devi) [link]
Nartakavara-Vaisravana [link]
Virudhaka [link]
Virupaksa [link]
Dhrtarastra [link]
Satakratu [link]
Brahman (Brahma) [link]
Candika (devi) [link]
Vasanta-devi [link]
Varsa-devi [link]
Sarad-devi [link]
Hemanta-devi [link]
Mangaladirghayusi [link]
Beg-ce [link]
Citipati [link]
Nila Acala [link]
Pita Jambhala [link]
Sita-Acala [link]
Sadbhuja-Jambhala [link]
Krodha-Mahabala [link]
Trailokyaraja [link]
Krsna-Jambhala [link]
Vighnantaka [link]
Amrtakundalin [link]
Vajrasrnkhala [link]
Astakapi Acala [link]
Jvalanala [link]
Caturbhuja-Acala [link]
Krodha Bhurkumkuti [link]
Vajravidarani [link]
Zhan-blon-dro-rje-bdud-hdul [link]
Yaksa-Purnabhadra [link]
Sita-Nagavahana-Jambhala [link]
Krodha Bhurkumkuta [link]
Simhavaktra [link]
Bhagavad-Bhayanasana [link]
Vajrahumkara [link]
Maharakta-Ganapati [link]

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