The Dalai Lama's Secret Temple

The Dalai Lama's Secret Temple

Tantric Wall Paintings from Tibet

  1. Text by Ian A. Baker
  2. Photographs by Thomas Laird
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  • ISBN 9780500289617
  • 32.00 x 24.00 cm
  • Paperback
  • 216pp
  • 188 Illustrations, 150 in colour
  • First published 2011
'Ian Baker lucidly evokes the depth and subtlety of Tibetan Art, healing and spirituality … his writing transforms the ancient wisdom of the East into prose that's both inspiring and poetic' – Deepak Chopra
‘A truly remarkable book. It is very big and the sumptuous photographs tell mystical and magical stories … a magnificent book … full of lovely old murals and drawings, beauty, humour and wisdom’ – Outlook [The Swedenborg Movement]


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On an island behind Tibet’s Potala Palace is a small pagoda roofed Khang, or temple, a place reserved exclusively for the Dalai Lamas as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat.

During the brief reign of the Sixth Dalai Lama, who built the Lukhang Temple in the 18th century, unknown artists created a series of mysterious paintings on its chapel walls; comparable in quality and ambition to the Sistine Chapel in Rome. These masterpieces of Tibetan art are superbly reproduced here in this extraordinary publication.

This treasure of Tibetan Buddhist spirituality is presented in a magnificent and sumptuous large format edition. The vivid detail, rich colour and awe-inspiring impact of this path to spiritual liberation can be experienced outside the Lukhang Chapel.