There is no better illustration of the nature of Tantric Buddhism than the lives of the masters who founded it. These beautifully iilustrated stories of the extraordinary men and women who attained enlightenment and magical powers by disregarding convention and penetrating to the core of life show us a way through human into spontaneous and free state of oneness with the divine. Tradition holds that hte lives of the Mahasiddhas are paradigms for different processes of psychic awakening. Keith Dowman's highly readable translation of these legends from Tibetan oral tradition retaind these techniques of personal transcendence and is further enhanced by the perfectly realized illustrations of the Tantric saints by Robert Beer.
Keith Dowman has spent thirty years traveling widely in India and Nepal and is an iniate of the Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism, He is the author of The Divine Madman and Power Places of Kathmandu. Robert Beer sdtudied Tibetan Thangks painting in India and Nepal with Khamtrul Rinpoche, the greatest living thangka painter of his time, and with Jampa-la, the state painter of Tibet.
Buddhist Masters of Enchantment, Keith Dowman & Robert Beer, $19.95