Tibet's Most Sacred Buddhist Temple

  1. Gyurme Dorje
  2. Tashi Tsering
  • ISBN 9780500976920
  • 30.00 x 24.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 288pp
  • Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout
  • First published 2010
  • Distributed on behalf of Hansjörg Mayer

It has been said that the turbulent history of the Jokhang Great Temple mirrors the turbulent history of the Tibetan nation as a whole.

Lying at the centre of an ancient network of Buddhist temples in the Great Temple of Lhasa, the Jokhang Temple is the pulsating heart of spiritual and economic life in Tibet.

This UNESCO world heritage site, an enduring symbol of extraordinary devotion and pilgrimage, is the atmospheric focal point of Lhasa, from which bustling narrow lanes of commerce radiate outwards in all directions.

Copiously illustrated with photographs taken over eight decades, this landmark publication is introduced by the personal reminiscences of HH the Dalai Lama.

- Part One, by Gyurme Dorje, presents Zhakabpa’s detailed Inventory to the Great Temple
- Part Two, by Tashi Tsering, compiles historical sources illustrating its importance in Tibetan life
- Part Three, by Heather Stoddard, draws upon early historical material to highlight the temple’s geomantic origins and the inauguration of the Great Prayer Festival.
- In Part Four Andre Alexander explores the temple’s intricate Indo-Nepalese architecture,
- In Part Five Ulrich von Schroeder documents its extant bronze images.