Author: M N Rajesh
Thomas L Kelly/
Publisher: Roli Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174360549
This book, aided by breathtaking and rare pictures of the most remote and fascinating monasteries of the Himalayas, narrates the fascinating tale of the gompas of India, Nepal and Tibet..
Away from the glamour that surrounds modern Buddhism, tucked away in the hushed, snowy corridors of the awe-inspiring Himalayas is the world of Buddhist monasteries, the gompas. It is within these walls that Buddhism has lived and thrived through the centuries. .
From their beginnings as shelters for monks from the rains, the gompas have developed into complex multipurpose institutions. They, in fact form the pivot of the isolated mountain societies. The local population looks towards these gompas for their education, employment and aid in times of crisis. .
This book is the first in the series of Scared Sites. It narrates the fascinating tale of the gompas: their emergence, their structure, the life within, their art and architecture, and their role in society. Plans of some early and later monasteries document the evolution of the basic structures of the gompas over a thousand years.
Thomas L Kelly has lived in Nepal since 1978, and has been a professional photographer since 1985. His work has illustrated several books and has also appeared in such magazines as the Natural History, Smithsonian and the French and German editions of Geo.