30 August 2010

Book Review: Buddhist Monasteries of Himachal Pradesh, by O.C. Handa, *****

This book is a priceless resource for anyone interested in a concise account of all Buddhist monasteries in the Indian state of Himachal. There are several introductory chapters on geography, the cultural background of the region, che concept of monasticism and the arrival of Buddhism in Himachal from Tibet.

The main body of the book is a catalog of all major and most minor monasteries and other votive structures. Further chapters deal with the architectural and artistic features of these buildings.

Finally, some photographs and drawings provide a pictorial complement to the text. A reference work not to be missed by anyone interested in the region.

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