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Samye; a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Tibetan Buddhism. Foreword by his holiness the Dalai Lama

Dunham, Mikel

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ISBN 10: 1588720837 / ISBN 13: 9781588720832
Published by Jodere Group, Inc, San Diego, 2004
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ix, 244p., coated paperstock with profuse captioned color site and portrait photography, some "exhibit-style" pictures, first edition oblong 9.7x11.5 inch maroon boards gilt with moire pattern in blind, in glossy colorphoto dj. Very slightest edgewear, a fine clean copy. The Dalai Lama's contribution runs two pages. Bookseller Inventory # 173148

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Title: Samye; a pilgrimage to the birthplace of ...

Publisher: Jodere Group, Inc, San Diego

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Nestled deep in the "Land of Snow" stands Samye, the monastery where Buddhism first took root in Tibet. Join acclaimed photographer Mikel Dunham on a journey to this rarely seen and sacred place. Preceded by a moving and remarkable foreword by the Dalai Lama, Samye: A Pilgrimage to the Birthplace of Tibetan Buddhism, is a collection of nearly 200 original color photographs and compelling text that transports readers to this significant site in Tibetan culture. That Samye still exists is nothing short of a miracle. Founded in the year 770 under the guidance of the great Indian Tantric master, Padmasambhava, it has withstood several major fires; 1,200 years of the harsh Tibetan winter; and the devastating invasion of the Red Army. The invasion was almost the monastery's undoing as soldiers destroyed its magnificent golden roof, desecrated its frescoes, burnt irreplaceable ancient texts, and expelled or killed the monks who called it "home." Historically, Samye was the first monastery in Tibet and, as such, saw the ordination of the first Tibetan monks. It also became a translation school unparalleled in Asian history. Architecturally, Samye is built in the form of a three-dimensional mandala-a universal map pointing the Buddhist pilgrim's way to enlightenment. Spiritually, Samye remains an invaluable treasure in the minds and hearts of all Tibetans. In 2000, Mikel Dunham was given the unique invitation of full access to Samye to record its treasures, many of which had never been photographed. As a trained thangka master in the Tibetan manner of painting, photographer Mikel Dunham brings an insightful perspective to the readers as he explains Samye's remarkable history and documents its current restoration effort. As you turn the pages of this book filled with accounts of the early years of Tibetan Buddhism and interlaced with photographs of the Tibetans who still populate this cherished land, you are invited to explore the vast potential of your own spiritual path-wherever that may lead you.

About the Author:

Mikel Dunham's writing career is preceded by his success as an artist. In the 1980s and early 1990s, his box-assemblages and three-dimensional photographic collages were widely exhibited, including one-man shows in Europe, New York, and other major cities in the U.S. In 1989, Mr. Dunham made the first of many treks in the Himalaya, thus marking a turning point in his career. He became the last student of the late thangka master, Pema Wangyal of Dolpo, spending years learning how to paint in the Tibetan manner with mineral pigments and 22 carat gold. This led to his commission to paint the murals for a newly constructed Tibetan temple in Sarnath, India-one of the eight major pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. His Holiness the Dalai Lama later consecrated the temple. In 2000, Dunham was given full access to Samye to document its treasures, many of which have never before been photographed. He resides in Santa Monica, California, with his wife Margaret.

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