The Temples Of Lhasa


  • By Andre Alexander
  • Hardback 
  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (a (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9789812611901
  • ISBN-13: 978-9812611901
  • ASIN: 9812611908
  • Package Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm

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The Temples of Lhasa is a comprehensive survey of historic Buddhist sites in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. The study is based on the Tibetan Heritage Fund’s official five-year architectural conservation project in Tibet, during which the author and his team had unlimited access to the buildings studied. The documented sites span the entire known history of Tibetan Buddhist art and architecture from the 7th to the 21st centuries. Divided into thirteen chapters, the book covers all the major and minor temples in historic Lhasa including some of Tibet’s oldest and most revered sites, such as the Lhasa Tsukla-khang, as well as lesser-known but highly important sites such as the Jebumgang Lha-khang and Meru Nyingpa. The book is illustrated with numerous color plates taken over a period of roughly 15 years from the mid-1980s to today and is augmented with rare photographs and reproductions of Tibetan paintings. The history of each site has been written often for the first time based on source texts and survey results, as well as up-to-date technology such as carbon dating, dendrochronology, and satellite data. Tibetan source texts and oral accounts have also been used to reconstruct the original design of the sites. Matthew Akester has contributed translations of Tibetan source texts, including excerpts from the writings of the Fifth and Thirteenth Dalai Lamas. This documentation of Tibetan Buddhist temple buildings is the most detailed of its kind, and is the first professional study of some of Tibet’s most significant religious buildings. The comparative analysis of Tibetan Buddhist architecture covers 13 centuries of architectural history in Tibet.