|Genre:||Asian History, Architecture|
|Published:||January 01, 2005|
The study is based on the official five-year architectural conservation project in Tibet conducted by the Tibetan Heritage Fund, during which the author and his team had unrestricted access to the buildings under study. The documented sites cover the entire known history of Tibetan Buddhist art and architecture from the 7th to the 21st centuries and are divided into thirteen chapters. The book covers all the major and minor temples in ancient Lhasa, including some of Tibet's oldest and most respected buildings, including the Lhasa Tsukla-khang, as well as lesser-known but extremely significant sites, like the Jebumgang Lha-khang and meru nyingpa. The book includes rare images and copies of Tibetan art in addition to numerous color plates that were taken over an approximately 15-year span from the mid-1980s to the present. On the basis of primary sources, survey findings, and cutting-edge technologies like carbon dating, dendrochronology, and satellite data, the history of each site has frequently been recorded for the first time. Tibetan source documents and oral histories. It has also been utilized to recreate the sites' original designs. Tibetan source texts translated by Matthew Akester include passages from the works of the Fifth and Thirteenth Dalai Lamas. This comprehensive inventory of Tibetan Buddhist temple structures is the first scholarly investigation of some of the country's most important temples. 13 centuries of Tibetan architectural history are covered in the comparative examination of tibetan Buddhist architecture.