Majestic Illumination

A thousand years of Tibetan mural masterpieces are now revealed for the first time in a new limited edition book.

Ten percent of proceeds benefit the Mind & Life Institute.

“Murals of Tibet” captures some of the greatest treasures of Buddhist culture and Tibetan heritage. For more than a decade, photographer Thomas Laird traveled the length, breadth, and far-flung corners of Tibet’s plateau to capture the land’s spectacular Buddhist murals in all their sublime vastness, intricacy, and their spiritual, emotional, and psychological enrichment.

Deploying new multi-image digital photography, Laird compiled the world’s first archive of these artworks, some walls as wide as 10 meters, in life-size resolution. This breathtaking publication assembles Laird’s portfolio in extra-large format with six fold-outs, printed in five colors including gold. Featuring both complete murals and copious details, it immerses readers into these precious, extraordinary masterpieces.

In recognition of this landmark in the preservation of Tibetan culture, the Dalai Lama has signed all copies of this Collector’s Edition.

In the 528-page scholarly companion book, Buddhist writer and academic Robert Thurman takes us through this transcendent journey with detailed text on the murals’ spiritual significance while captions from experts Heather Stoddard and Jakob Winkler shed light on the storylines and artistic context of each image.

As his Holiness the Dalai Lama has himself explained, these murals are not just objects of beauty, but serve as points of reference and guidance for practitioners of Buddhism, yoga, and meditation, as well as for anyone seeking to incorporate mindfulness into their daily life. Binding contemporary photographic technology with ancient traditions, this book is at once a majestic art piece, a major milestone in the appreciation of Buddhism, a precious monument to Tibetan culture, and a vital source for the contemplative arts and sciences.


SUMO edition: $12,000 USD / 10,000EUR / 9,500GBP

The SUMO-sized Collector’s Edition is limited to 998 copies, each signed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, with a bookstand designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect and humanitarian pioneer Shigeru Ban.

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Art Editon A: $30,000 USD / 25,000EUR / 22,500GBP (only 40 available)
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Art Editon B: $30,000 USD / 25,000EUR / 22,500GBP (only 40 available)
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“Thomas Laird’s Murals of Tibet by TASCHEN is a unique treasure; a timeless gift from Tibet to the world–not only for this generation but for generations to come.”
– Richard Gere