After Ethnologia Tibetica, the second volume of Andrea Loseries's OMNIBUS Buddhica Tibetica presents writings and contributions in various journals and publications since 2008. One major article has so far been only accessible to German speakers. It is the first complete translation into English of a detailed cultural historical overview of Tibetan Buddhism. The following chapters reflect the author's special interests in Vajrayana, i.e. Tantric Buddhism with the prerequisite of oral authorization, empowerment and personal instructions from her spiritual lineage masters. Starting with the an exploration of the fundamental Mahayana philosophy on the 'Perfection of Wisdom' prajnaparamita in the context of Tantric Buddhism, Mandalas of Buddha Vairocana are decoded and at the example of Cakrasamvara and a translated Mahamudra Song in the genre of Doha saiva traces in the Buddhas Tantras investigated. The rich illustrations in this volume mostly reflect the research and field studies carried out by the author in Tibet between 1987 and 1999.
Buddhica Tibetica, Andrea Loseries, Buddhist World Press, Hardcover (8.5" x 11"), 251 pages, $85.00
Prof. Dr. Andrea Loseries, Head, Convener and Editor, Department of Indo-Tibetan Studies, Centre for Buddhist Studies, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. She is an Austrian national, and has studied in Paris, santiniketan and Vienna. History of Asian Art, Museology, Tibetology, Indology and Ethnology (1971-1983). She is an expert on Buddhist art and Tibetan iconography, sian languages and civilisations, cultural history and Buddhist studies and has performed field studies and research projects in Tibet, Mongolia, Japan, India and in the Austrian Alps. She has published several monographies and over hundred research papers, has produced several ethnographical films, curated five major art exhibitions, was convener of three international conference and director of the cultural program of Kalachakra Graz 2002, next to her teaching activities at the University of Graz and the Academy of Buddhist Education, Salzburg (Austria) In 2006 she joined the Department of Indo-Tibetan Studies as Professor and Head. Author of Tibetan Mahayoga Tantra: An Ethno-Historical Study of Skulls, Bones and Relics, New Delhi, 2008.