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By Sarah Harding, Sanje Elliot

In Tibetan Calligraphy , Sanje Elliott indicates us how you can catch the attractiveness and charm of Tibetan calligraphy with out past wisdom of both Tibetan language or calligraphy. this pretty e-book comprises many prayers, mantras, and seed syllables to repeat and learn. excellent for practitioners, artists, and somebody drawn to the Tibetan language.

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Desk OF CONTENTS Foreword by means of Sarah Harding creation 1. Getting all started 2. the elemental Pen Strokes three. The Alphabet four. Vowel Markers five. Stacked Letters 6. The Six Reversed Letters 7. Punctuation eight. Numerals nine. Seed Syllables 10. Mantras eleven. Prayers Afterword extra assets Acknowledgments concerning the writer FOREWORD TIBET within the 7th CENTURY used to be on the top of its political, financial, and armed forces could, with impression all through a lot of Asia and the subcontinent. the nice King Songtsen Gampo (617–90) had married Buddhist princesses (considered to be emanations of eco-friendly and White Tara), and lower than their impact Buddhism used to be flourishing in addition. quickly, the king well-known the necessity of a written script for either his statecraft and to aid the unfold of Buddhism. He as a result determined to ship his best minister, Thönmi Sambhota, to check in India on the nice Buddhist collage of Nalanda for a few years. Upon his go back, Sambhota labored on constructing a process of writing that will accommodate the desires of Tibetans and of Buddhism. So it truly is Sambhota that's credited with the construction of the alphabet and writing method that continues to be in use. Anam Thubten Rinpoche writes: ability in calligraphy used to be extremely popular as a tremendous topic of research in society. It not just served the holy scriptures, yet helped the person in his or her way of life. the placement of Calligrapher increased one to aristocratic prestige, and the life-style loved as such used to be some distance past that of the typical individual. In public colleges calligraphy grew to become one of many major topics of analysis. At Mindroling monastery [for example], it took six years to graduate in calligraphy. Tibetan calligraphy endured to adapt through the years to incorporate many kinds and characters, and its perform continues to be thought of to be an element of 1 of the 10 arts and sciences that relate to person non secular perform. The perform levels from the basis of ideal penmanship, to the main intricate and artistic prospers, to the easy strokes of a brain relaxed. in particular, calligraphy holds and transmits the notice of the Buddha in all its many manifestations, and therefore embodies a invaluable item of shelter: the Jewel of the Dharma. Now for us it could actually look that the artwork of Tibetan calligraphy has bifurcated into the 2 worlds of unicode font geeks and tattoo parlors. yet allow us to no longer lose sight so simply of this significant perform. The written notice comprises a lot magic past being an easy, or advanced, conveyance of data. old religious traditions have regularly well-known the ability of the note, either as utterance and as image. the good Buddhist languages, reminiscent of Sanskrit, Pali, and Tibetan, show up this energy either explicitly and implicitly. In learning the Buddhist teachings, one has many ways of on the subject of the media of its transmission. now not the least of those equipment is just attractive writing. there isn't any another able to conveying this than Sanje Elliott. a very good artist in his personal correct, he has studied and taught the artwork of Tibetan thangka portray for a few years.

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