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Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art
By John Huntington and Dina Bangdel

Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art <br>  By John Huntington and Dina Bangdel

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Author: John C. Huntington and Dina Bangdel
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 1932476016

Product Code: 12334

Attention to Himalayan Buddhist art has come to the forefront of art historical scholarship in recent years, especially in the are of connoisseurship and attribution. Several major exhibitions have highlighted the artistic achievement of the Himalayan cultures, yet few have focused primarily on the reason for the creation of the art and its original intent. The Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art attempt to fill this lacuna in the scholarship by showing that the function of Himalayan Buddhist art is to interpret and give physical form to specific Buddhist practices.
The exhibition catalogue for the Circle of Bliss points the way to an entirely new direction for the study of the visual presentations of the Chakrasamvara Tantra and other key Buddhist Tantra. The texts of the chakrasamvara Tantra offer profound meditational techniques to practitioners to enable them to experience the increased awareness necessary for reaching the ultimate state of human perfection, or Enlightenment. Here, for the first time in Himalayan are historical scholarship, the works of art are presented in their socio-religious context, with details about how their symbolic visual language expresses the attainment of that path. The study focuses on the esoteric meditations related to Chakrasamvara and Vajravarahi, which are regarded as among the principle meditational practices throughout the Himalayan Buddhist world. Long believed to be taught only to initiated disciples, the details of these meditations have gradually come into the light of modern scholarship over the last sixty years. With this increased public awareness, the authors have been allowed a quince opportunity to explain these esoteric processes without breaking any of the still-secret traditions. The book's thematic emphasis provides a clear, well-articualted overview of the Himalayan Buddhist meditational process from its inception though its completion stages.
The study delineates the geo-cultural development across Asia of the diverse esoteric religious practices of Himalayan Buddhism, especially the seminal contribution of the Newar Buddhist community of Nepal in the transmission and reinterpretation of the esoteric Tantric Buddhist teachings. The practices of the Newar community, in particular the Chakrasamvara teachings, are revealed as a major force in the development of Buddhism.
Featuring approximately 160 of the 'sthetically finest and most powerful masterpieces of Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan, Chinese, and Mongolian art produced over the past thirteen centuries, the catalogue includes many works published for the first time. It highlights the extraordinary artistic accomplishments of esoteric Buddhism and at the same time leads the reader to understand the intrinsic function of these exquisite works. In this in-depth contextualization of the art works, the complex world of Himalayan Buddhist art has been explicated beyond 'sthetic appreciation to a germane understanding of its innermost meaning and its service in the pursuit of Enlightenment.

Circle of Bliss, John Huntington and Dina Bangdel, Serindia, Hardcover, 560 pp., $250.00

Oversize book: 9.75 x 12 in. Weight: 8.4 pounds.

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