Symbols and Images; 佛教儀軌=Buddhist Rituals; 藏傳佛教=西藏佛教=Tibetan Buddhism; Religion & Spirituality
A former spiritual and temporal head of Dragyab State, Khem, East Tibet, who has been a research fellow and lecturer in Tibetan Buddhism for nearly 30 years at the University of Bonn, Dagyab Rinpoche is excellently placed to analyze Buddhist symbols (tendrel) and symbolism in Tibetan culture from both Western and Tibetan perspectives. Unfortunately, an opportunity has been missed.
Not only is the interesting concept of chu (or "essence-juice and vigor") which informs Tibetan symbolic perception and cultural spirit dropped after the introduction, but the introduction's thought-provoking discussion about methodological parameters for symbol-interpretation is not elaborated either. Indeed, the book is content to list and explicate symbols before trailing off into a wholly inadequate conclusion. This sketchiness is partly offset by the descriptions, many of which have a dictionary-like concision. The book ends with technical apparatus of use only to Tibetan scholars.
Introduction Essentials of Tibetan Thought Conventional Reality Non-Conventional Reality What Are Symbols And How Do They Affect Us? The Nien Best-Known Groups of Symbols In Tibetan Culture 1. The Eight Symbols of Good Fortune 2. The Eight Bringera of Good Fortune 3. The Seven Jewels of Royal Power 4. The Seven Secondary Jewels 5. The Seven Gems 6. The Six Signs of Long Life 7. The Five Qualities of Enjoyment 8. The Four Harmonious Brothers 9. The Three Symbols of Victory in The Fight Against Disharmony Conclusion Notes Glossary Bibliography About The Author