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This volume is intended as an artwork in itself and an object of meditation. Based on a revered collection, long considered lost, of Tibetan "thangkas" - elaborate scroll paintings that portray a philosophy of healing based on Buddhist beliefs, Ayurvedic practices and ancient shamanic traditions - these works may still have much to teach us. Created by a traditional artist from Nepal, Romio Shrestha, using the ancient technique of painting with rich minerals such as powdered gold, and lapis lazuli, the works are intended for the minutest contemplation. Divided into sections illuminating the Tibetan Buddhist view of physiology, pathology, diagnosis and cure, the book demonstrates the processes that sustain, enhance and ultimately transform the life-force. It addresses contemporary ills, such as stress, allergies and heart disease, offering practical advice on treatment and prevention. Going beyond cure, a final section introduces more esoteric perspectives on the interaction of body and mind, presenting the body itself as a source of insight and revelation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780500279960
ISBN-10: 0500279969
Format: Paperback
(306mm x 230mm x mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Oct-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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UK Kirkus Review » Tibet's foremost traditional artist has here created over 250 exquisite illustrations that reproduce paintings from Buddhist medical tantras, traditionally made as study aids for Tibetan doctors. Based on a revered 300 year old lost collection, the intricate works unfold the secrets of causes, preventions and remedies for a myriad of illnesses, portraying a philosophy of healing based on Buddhist beliefs, Ayurvedic practices and shamanistic traditions. They chart the search for physical, emotional and spiritual well-being by combining medical understanding with ancient wisdom. This book will enchant you with it's magnificant illustrations and in doing so will also make you question conventional western attitudes to health care and disease. (Kirkus UK)

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