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The Buddha Tarot Deck and Book Set by Robert M Place

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Long out of print Robert M Place's Buddha Tarot is finally available again in a beautiful deck and book set published by Red Feather. In this remarkable Tarot, visionary artist and Tarot historian Robert M Place connects the Eastern and Western spiritual experience by linking Siddhartha's journey to enlightenment with the archetypal Fools Journey.

The 288 page Full Color book examines the history and development of Tarot, from its roots in the Middle Ages to its myriad modern incarnations. Place also delves deeply into Western mysticism and philosophy, showing how Platonic and Neoplatonic thought influenced centuries of Western magic and mysticism. He then examines Buddhism from a Westerner's point of view, including a description of the Buddha's life and an in-depth look at the themes represented in traditional Tarot and their parallels in Buddhist teachings. The companion book also includes a detailed description of each card and its symbolism, and describes how each card in this unique deck relates to the Tarot tradition.

"This deck is not just about Buddha. It is about us and about things in our culture that we may have forgotten. It is about how much our mystical heritage is like Buddhism. It is about why we can find Buddha in the Tarot, and a demonstration that the Tarot is a sacred tool, a mandala."
-Robert M. Place, creator of The Buddha Tarot

  • 79 Large Format Cards 3.5"  X 5.5"
  • Justice is number eight and Strength is number eleven.
  • 22nd "Trump" titled Parinirvana
  • Suites of Vajras (air), Double Vajras (water), Jewels (earth) and Lotuses (fire)
  • 288 Full color Paperback book Measures 5.75" X  8.5"
  • Magnetic Flip Box 6.5" X 9"

Robert M. Place is an internationally known visionary artist, whose award winning works, in painting, sculpture, and jewelry, have been displayed in galleries and museums in America, Europe, and Japan.  He is the designer, illustrator, and coauthor of The Alchemical Tarot and The Angels Tarot, which have received international acclaim.  He is designer, illustrator, and author of The Alchemical Tarot Renewed, the award winning The Tarot of the SaintsThe Buddha Tarot, The Vampire Tarot, and The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery.  He is the author of The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, which Booklist has said, “may be the best book ever written on that deck of cards decorated with mysterious images called the tarot.” He is the author of Astrology and Divination, Magic and Alchemy, and Shamanism, written for the Mysteries, Legends, and Unexplained Phenomena series, and the author of Alchemy and the Tarot. He is the curator of The Fools’ Journey and the author of the catalog for this exhibition of Tarot art that originated at the LA Craft and Folk Art Museum.  He was the guest of honor at the opening of the Tarot Museum in Riola, Italy. He has created numerous illustrations for books and magazines, his Facsimile Historic Italian Tarot is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and he and his work have appeared on the BBC, A&E, the Discovery Channel and the Learning Channel. His newest work is a Lenormand oracle deck, The Burning Serpent Oracle, on which he collaborated with Tarot diva Rachel Pollack.


Additional Reading



The Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism is the  newest book by Robert M Place. It incorporates the material that was in Alchemy and the Tarot and The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, but updates the facts and, as you can tell by the title, covers a lot more material—about three times as much, with 680 pages and over 300 illustrations.

This book is intended to be a guide to the Alchemical Tarot and Robert's Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery. It is the companion book for both decks. But it also covers the Tarot of Marseilles and The Waite Smith Tarot. So that it is a guide to the Tarot for anyone using any deck. Each chapter starts with a full-page illustration on the left hand page and the text on the right hand page.