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Tibetan Elemental Divination Paintings: The White Beryl

Tibetan Elemental Divination Paintings: The White Beryl


This extraordinary publication represents a landmark in both Tibetan studies and the art of bookmaking. It presents for the first time two magnificent eighteenth-century manuscripts illuminating in exquisite detail the essential but little-known practices of elemental divination as described in The White Beryl – an important seventeenth-century treatise written by Desi Sangye Gyatso (1653–1705), the reknowned polymath, who was regent to the Fifth and the Sixth Dalai Lamas.


The manuscripts depict the zodiac of Indian astrology, the cakra diagrams of martial conquest, and the elaborate charts of Chinese elemental divination. Accompanying the images, is a detailed summary of The White Beryl text, an extensive commentary, and the first English translation of a related text known as Moonbeams.


Meticulously researched and produced to the highest standard, this book will be of immense interest not only to Tibetan scholars but to all those fascinated by Oriental art, religions and astrology. Printed in a limited edition and on the highest quality art paper, this monumental book comes beautifully bound in a large box case. It will provide a magnificent addition to any collector’s library.

  • Commentary by Gyurme Dorje

    Tibetan Elemental Divination Paintings: Illuminated Manuscript from The White Beryl of Sangs-rGyas rgya-mtsho


    432 pages, hardback in cloth-covered, silk lined box

    420 x 345 mm, over 1000 colour illustrations

    ISBN: 978 0 953994 10 6

  • Contributors

    Foreword by His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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