About the Author
Lokesh Chandra is an Internationally renowned scholar of Tibetan. Mongoliam and Sino Japanese Buddhism. A prolific writer, he has to his credit 600 works, including critical editions of classical texts in Sanskrit, Tibetan, Monogolian, Chinese and Old Javanese languages. Among them are classics like the Tibetan-Sanskrit Dictionary, Materials for a history of Tibetan Literature.Buddhist Iconography of Tibet and the Dictionary of Buddhist iconography in I 5 volumes. Lokesh Chandra was nominated by the President of India to the Parliament in 1974-80 and again in 1980-86. He has been Vice-President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, and Chairman of the Indian Council for Historical Research. Presently he is Director. International Academy of Indian Culture.
Nirmala Sharma is an Art Historian and Professor of Buddhist Studies at the International Academy of Indian Culture, New Delhi. She is working on a project of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts on ?Iconography of the mandalas of the Dukhang of Alchi?. She has two master degrees, one in Fine Arts and the other in Ancient Indian History Culture and Archaeology. Her PhD thesis was on the Ragamala paintings. She has been a senior fellow of the American Institute of Indian Studies. With 27 years of teaching experience at the post-graduate level, she has delivered lectures on Indian Art and Culture in India and abroad. She has read papers on the Borobudur in Indonesia, on the Roerichs at Moscow. on Buddhist sculptures at Budapest, at the Dunhuang Academy and in several places in India. She is a member of The Association of British Scholars. Travelled to Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Indonesia, Russia, Hungary. China, Central Asia (Silk Route), Taiw