389p., 360 Figs., Index, 25 cm. (Asian Iconography Series Vol. II)
CONTENTS:- Foreword; Introduction; List of the Masters and Deities; Figures and Eulogies; Index.
Three Hundred & Sixty Buddhist Deities contains an important collection of line drawings of Tibetan Buddhist deities. Since the collection contains the figures of about three hundred & sixty Buddhist deities, it has been called "Three Hundred And Sixty Buddhist Deities." The original title of the collection is in Chinese: Chu Fo P'u-sa Sheng Hsiang Tsan (The Eulogy of Sacred Images of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas). Obviously, the collection of Tibetan Buddhist deities was compiled in China. The Tibeto-Chinese collection of the line drawings reproduced in the second volume of our series was published by E. Clark in his Two Lamaistic Pantheons (Harvard University, 1937), although each of the drawings has been printed in a rather small size (5x8 cm). In the present volume the size of each drawing is enlarged (10.5x16 cm) so that one can see the details of the figure of each deity. The collection originally consists of two parts: the line drawing of each deity and the eulogy written in Chinese dedicated to each deity. Clark's book contains only the former part of the collection. In our volume, however, the eulogy part is also included.