9789085866435-908586643X-The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide

The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide

ISBN-13: 9789085866435
ISBN-10: 908586643X
Author: Debreczeny, Karl, Pakhoutova, Elena, Luczanits, Christian
Publication date: 2014
Publisher: Rubin Museum of Art
Format: Hardcover 160 pages
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ISBN-13: 9789085866435
ISBN-10: 908586643X
Author: Debreczeny, Karl, Pakhoutova, Elena, Luczanits, Christian
Publication date: 2014
Publisher: Rubin Museum of Art
Format: Hardcover 160 pages

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Acknowledged authors Debreczeny, Karl, Pakhoutova, Elena, Luczanits, Christian wrote The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide comprising 160 pages back in 2014. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 908586643X and 9789085866435. Since then The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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This book is the culmination of a long story that began with the acquisition of fifty-four paintings from an elderly priest, who had served in a Belgian mission in Inner Mongolia in the 1920s, by the Ethnographic Museum of Antwerp in 1977.

The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide focuses on this extremely rare group of richly-detailed album leaves which illustrate the visualization practice of Sarvavid Vairocana, the All-Knowing Buddha. This beautifully illustrated step-by-step visual guide provides a unique glimpse into Tibetan Buddhist meditation and ritual, normally instruction restricted to oral transmission by a teacher to his initiated disciple. These practices are usually not meant to be depicted and this is one of the only albums known to exist in which the meditative visualization process is spelled out visually. While the ritual narrative of these unusual paintings is Tibetan Buddhist in content they are expressed in a vivid Chinese aesthetic, a unique product of cultural translation through its Mongolian patrons. The album exemplifies rich patterns of cross-cultural exchange that characterized the Qing Empire.

Three essays by the Rubin Museum curators explore different aspects of Vairocana and contextualize the album, illustrated with approximately twenty-five images, followed by the leaves themselves which are featured in fifty-four full-page plates with accompanying commentary on their ritual and artistic content.

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