“It’s not just a book. It’s history!”
We are thrilled to present Thomas C.Laird’s photographic masterpiece including the most precious surviving murals of Tibetan Buddhist culture. Precisely 998 copies have been signed by his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Imitate Modern was guest at yesterday’s presentation with Thomas C.Laird himself, pointing out the significance of the book for Buddhist practitioners and importance as a tool for further research. The murals of Tibet-Collector’s edition is art, history and blessing.- Merely a jewel you will always enjoy to discover.
Hidden amidst soaring snowy mountains, deep valleys, and desolate deserts are some of the greatest treasures of Buddhist culture and Tibetan heritage. For more than a decade, photographer Thomas Laird traveled the length, breadth, and far-flung corners of Tibet’s plateau to capture the land’s spectacular Buddhist murals in all their sublime vastness, intricacy, and their spiritual, emotional, and psychological enrichment.
Deploying new multi-image digital photography, Laird compiled the world’s first archive of these artworks, some walls as wide as 10 meters, in life-size resolution. This breathtaking publication assembles Laird’s portfolio in extra-large format with six fold-outs, printed in five colors including gold. Featuring both complete murals and copious details, it immerses readers into these precious, extraordinary masterpieces.
As his Holiness the Dalai Lama has himself explained, these murals are not just objects of beauty, but serve as points of reference and guidance for practitioners of Buddhism, yoga, and meditation, as well as for anyone seeking to incorporate mindfulness into their daily life. Binding contemporary photographic technology with ancient traditions, this book is at once a majestic art piece, a major milestone in the appreciation of Buddhism, a precious monument to Tibetan culture, and a vital source for the contemplative arts and sciences.
Richard Gere in conversation at the New York book presentation.