For centuries, Tibet has been seen as an island in the sky. A remote land, closer to the light, beyond the mountains. A mysterious land where monks practiced rituals and yoga that led to wisdom and power. What if, even in our age of increased accessibility, a great treasure still remained, hidden all of these centuries? Visions from another world, visions created to inspire, as Tibetans say: “Liberation upon seeing.” Over the course of five expeditions, and using multi-image capture and render technology, Thomas Laird amassed the first catalogue of life-size images of more than 200 Buddhist mural masterpieces, including the oldest and most important painted during the past 1,000 years. Upon seeing Laird’s unique
new images of the murals of Tibet, Benedikt Taschen ambitiously decided
to publish one of the largest and most luxurious books ever printed to display the staggering beauty and amazing detail contained within these gigantic, fragile works of art. His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, gave his blessing to indicate the importance of the book, by signing 998 copies as part of an effort
to bring the murals of Tibet to the world. Each copy signed by the Dalai Lama
helps to secure the long-term preservation of this unique cultural treasure.
It will be a significant moment for Tibetan and world culture. This chapter
of humanity’s art history won’t be hidden any longer: TASCHEN’s SUMO-size book will be a landmark in publishing for generations to come.