Tobi Wilkinson: Gyuto
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In this beautiful clothbound volume, Australian photographer Tobi Wilkinson portrays the life of the Gyuto Monastery in Dharamsala, northwestern India, where the monks are well-known for their strict discipline and their maintenance and practice of the tantric tradition as transmitted within the Gelugpa order. The monastery itself was founded in 1474 by a disciple of the founder of the Gelugpa order, and is thus representative of a special lineage. Over the centuries, its systems of tantric ritual have spread to thousands of monasteries within Tibet, Mongolia, Ladhak and elsewhere. Wilkinson's colour and black-and-white photographs focus on monastic rituals, the movements and the objects of those movements: the draping of a monk's robe; the preparation of food; prayer, meditation, offerings and chanting; votive objects and their care. Gyuto includes a foreword from the Dalai Lama that underscores the importance of this monastery.
ISBN 9780692041376. Lustrum Press.