Tibetan Calligraphy: How to Write the Alphabet and More
Sarah Harding, Sanje Elliot
In Tibetan Calligraphy , Sanje Elliott shows us how to capture the elegance and grace of Tibetan calligraphy without prior knowledge of either Tibetan language or calligraphy. This beautiful book includes many prayers, mantras, and seed syllables to copy and study. Perfect for practitioners, artists, and anyone interested in the Tibetan language.
TIBETAN CALLIGRAPHY Wisdom Publications 199 Elm Street Somerville MA 02144 USA www.wisdompubs.org © 2012 Frank Sanje Elliott All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photography, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system or technologies now known or later developed, without permission in writing from the publisher. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Elliott,
deeply learning the forms; we need to feel the liquid ink on the paper. After you have gathered your materials, find a quiet place to practice. Make friends with your pen. Please don’t forget to breathe; first inhale and then, as you exhale, feel the ink flowing out the pen onto the paper. This is very important, because if you hold your breath and tense your body, you will not achieve a good result. Practice all the introductory pen strokes on pages 11–14, giving special effort to the ones
THE VERTICAL TWIST STROKE The vertical twist stroke begins with the pen held at a forty-five-degree angle to the paper. As the stroke moves down the paper, the pen is rotated counterclockwise between the fingers, creating a tapered shape. Practice doing this until you manage a smooth flow of ink and a smooth even taper from top to bottom. The vertical twist stroke. THE DOWNWARD DIAGONAL TWIST The downward diagonal twist rotates counterclockwise as the pen is moving toward the lower
this book, the names of letters are given in Wylie, but letter combinations and Tibetan words are rendered phonetically. Sanskrit words are rendered with standard Sanskrit phonetics. 1: KA 2: KHA 3: GA 4: NGA 5: CA (pronounced cha) 6: CHA 7: JA 8: NYA 9: TA 10: THA (pronounced ta) 11: DA 12: NA 13: PA 14: PHA (pronouncedw pa) 15: BA 16: MA 17: TSA 18: TSHA (pronounced tsa) 19: DZA 20: WA 21: ZHA 22: ZA 23: ’A (A-CHUNG) 24: YA
(Tibetans often pronounce this JHO) KAM KHAM OM MAIM PHAT (Tibetans pronounce this PAY) RAM TAM TRAM YAM SVA HA (Tibetans often pronunce this SO HA) The seed syllables OM, AH, and HUM are often seen grouped together vertically to show their position vis-à-vis the human body: the OM is at the third-eye center, the AH is at the throat center, and the HUM is at the heart center. Thus, OM signifies body, AH signifies speech, and HUM signifies the