Author:Nupur Pathak (Fellow, Royal Anthropological Institute)
Paper short abstract:
Semiotic cognitive designs of Tibetan Buddhist Tantric art which can be traced back to 7th century A.D. in Tibet liberate beings from sufferings and resolve unchallenged reality in stressed global culture, through extended cognitive designs in creative actions & accuracy (i.e. reflexive praxis).
Paper long abstract:
Ethnographic exploration claims Tibetan Buddhist Tantric cognitive designs (symbols, dots, small circles, empty space- revolving in radio-carbon background) transcribed into, gold or silvery whirls of smoke on walls or cloth, have evolved since 7th century A.D. to harness hybridized power and enhance the physical (byin), spiritual ('phrul) 'superhuman' qualities. This vision restructured into Tibetan Buddhist Tantric art e.g. gtor ma, mandala, thangka paintings which act as meditative tools for embodied sacrifice of senses and the self as well as to pacify and resist anti-hybridized power which dissolves mundane world & beyond into oneness (non-dualism) i.e. the liberation of sufferings ( global nexus for unchallenged).
The genre of cognitive designs focuses ethnographic knowledge not only through calligraphic folios of archived 17th century Gold Manuscript but also from the ritualistic practices by the immigrant Tibetans in India at Dharamsala.
Present study explores how Tibetan Tantric cognitive designs evolve in modern world to resolve socio-political crises in stressed global culture.
Global movement for blended Tibetan Buddhism (East- West) gives birth to extended cognitive designs (beyond brain & neural activity) through sculptures and images focusing on powers of extended perception with democratic potentiality which has invigorated Buddhist 'superhuman' depictions.
But how can one implement this text- based evidence in daily life?
This offers an image through creative actions & accuracy, which enhances one's potentiality beyond the limit i.e. (reflexive praxis). Paradoxically it meets the needs of competitive market economy & cosmopolitan consumers. In reality, it displaces conflicting psyche, thus throwing light on unchallenged worldview.
Art beyond visual (cognitive designs) as creative praxis: A nexus for uncertain worldview