Himalayan art is rich in symbolism and imagery. The higher truths and hidden mysteries of Vajrayana wisdom were considered too subtle and rarefied to be understood by common language. Symbols and images became the language of tantra, the medium through which esoteric teachings were shared and communicated. As one contemporary Buddhist master explains, ‘Symbols are a last attempt to explain that which is inexpressible’.
In this collection, we offer a glimpse into the mystical world of tantric art and show something of its astounding depth and range — from sacred syllables that seem to pulsate with power, to dreamlike meditational deities whose allure and beauty so entrances us.
Nearly all the artists featured in this catalogue are life-long practitioners of Vajrayana Buddhism. Their superbly crafted works illustrate beautifully the depth and mystery of this fathomless pool of wisdom. We warmly invite you to immerse yourself in their grace.