Mandala: The Architecture of Enlightenment presents the art and philosophy of one of Buddhism's most important cosmic symbols in 48 fabulous examples, including sculptures of mandala art and deities and exquisite early paintings from both the Himalayan and Sino-Japanese traditions. Curator Denise P.Leidy provides a history and overview of the mandala, in all its diversity, throughout the Eastern world chronicling its development in India and moving on to countries as far afield as Japan and Indonesia. An insightful essay by Professor Robert Thurman explores the uses of the mandala in Buddhist philosophy and meditation, and describes esoteric visualisation practices meant to perfect the self. This book by portraying the finest examples of mandalas and through descriptions and essays, brings the reader closer to understanding these key elements in Eastern religion and imagery.
About the Author:
DENISE PATRY LEIDY is Associate Curator and Administrator of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.ROBERT A.F. THURMAN is Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Religion at Colombia University, and is President of Tibet House. He is the co-author of The Sacred Art of Tibet.