Language of Images: Visualization and Meaning in Tantras - Asian Thought and Culture 71 (Hardback)Sthaneshwar Timalsina (author)
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Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc
Number of pages: 175
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 230 x 155 x 15 mm
Edition: New edition
(Gerald James Larson, Research Professor, University of California, Irvine; Tagore Professor Emeritus, Indiana University, Bloomington; and Professor Emeritus, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara)
"... Hindu and Buddhist Tantras have attracted the attention not only of Sanskritists but of scholars of cultural anthropology, religious studies, and, of late even of some Jungian psychologists. But rigorous Western philosophers have kept a safe and often suspicious distance from such `oriental mysticisms.' ...In this book, for the first time, Sthaneshwar Timalsina builds bridges between twenty-first-century psychology, phenomenology, semiotics, and philosophy of mind on the one hand and the wide and complex use of visual and proprioceptive images in altering bodily and mental states through contemplative practice.
Written with uncompromising clarity and robust common sense, this `prasanna-pada'(gracefully phrased) exposition of the meaning and use of images in Tantric transformative spiritual practices is sure to transform the field of comparative philosophy of mind and of phenomenology of imagination. We have been waiting for an accessible yet textually meticulous introduction to the - ancient but alive - theory and practice of re-imagining the felt body that would attract a broadly philosophical readership the world over. With Timalsina's book, the wait has ended..." (Arindam Chakrabarti, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the EPOCH Eastern Philosophy of Consciousness)
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