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Unique features of the book

  • images reproduced on the same or adjoining page with the text explanation
  • definitions of terms on the same page as the term
  • terms defined in context of the content
  • 328 full color images and maps
  • comprehensive index
  • The only book that tracks a single known source of Tibetan art over an established time frame (600+ years)

37 pages of Tibetan Buddhist symbols in encyclopedic format, with several that are unique to this book:

74 symbols concisely explained along with their variations and historical genesis in full color images of the actual art work (not contemorary line drawings).   

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Sutras in Book Heap of Good Fortune sutra
Noble Mahayana sutra

Pujas in Book Buddhist Refuge formula
Seven Limbed Puja

Specifics in Book Easy to follow history of greater Tibet from the 7th century to the 21st century: woven into the history of the Golden Valley from 819 to 2008: everything painted together with oral history and folk legends to add more color.

The history and evolution of tangkas from the 1st Tibetan record to the present: what historical events influenced their evolution.

The history of The Golden Valley's monastic furniture, how to identify and what to look for in establishing a historic timeline. The various uses of the furniture explained.

The conventional artistic structure of prayer wheels and what their mantras and that structure mean.

Tibetan Buddhist philosophy explained throughout the book and how it was practiced on an individual and community level.

Mantras in Book 2 seed mantras
2 secret mantras
Six-syllable mantra
Three-syllable mantra
Mantra of Increasing Grains and Wealth
Namgyalma's mantra
Yeshe Walmo's mantra
White Dzambhala's mantra
Kalachakra mantra

Rituals in Book 2 Protection Rituals
Three Part Torma ritual (healing chod)
Zache Khandro purification ritual.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements • ii

The Collaboration • iv

About the Authors • iv

Preface • v

Overview & Focus • vii

Research Sources • viii

Chapter 1: Background Information • 1

Chapter 2: History of The Golden Valley

  • 2a: The Oral History 819-1700s • 5
  • 2b: The Documented History 819- 2008 • 7

Chapter 3: Art on cloth; a historical view of styles • 32

Chapter 4: Art related to scriptures • 62

Chapter 5: Art on Miscellaneous Media • 73

Chapter 6: monastic furniture 1400-1988 • 84

Chapter 7: Prayer Wheels • 114

Chapter 8: The Community of Senge Monastery and Village • 120

Chapter 9: The Other Monasteries of the Valley

  • Thig Mo Monastery • 128
  • Ghomar Monastery • 131
  • Nyantok Monastery • 134
  • Rong Wu Monastery • 136

Chapter 10: Tibetan Buddhist Symbolism in Art used at Senge Monastery

  • General Symbolism • 138
  • Animals and Mythical Creatures • 149
  • Eight Auspicious Symbols • 162
  • Seven Precious Possessions of Chakravartin • 167
  • Musical Instruments • 170
  • Flowers • 172

Appendix A Sa Chog Ritual (Klu) • 175

Appendix B Rules of the Lower Senge Geshong Monastery • 178

Appendix C 15 Directions Ritual (10 Directions plus 5 Directions) • 181

Index • 188

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