A Concise Introduction To Tibetan Buddhism / Edition 1

A Concise Introduction To Tibetan Buddhism / Edition 1

by John Powers
     
 

Lucid and economical, the Concise Introduction delivers a brisk, fast-moving survey. For many years, Powers' nearly six hundred-page Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism has served as the field's most authoritative and comprehensive introductory text on Tibet's distinctive Buddhist tradition. Now Powers has responded to requests to provide an introductory text in compact… See more details below

Overview

Lucid and economical, the Concise Introduction delivers a brisk, fast-moving survey. For many years, Powers' nearly six hundred-page Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism has served as the field's most authoritative and comprehensive introductory text on Tibet's distinctive Buddhist tradition. Now Powers has responded to requests to provide an introductory text in compact form. This slimmed-down reference explains the core Buddhist doctrines and the practices of meditation and tantra in an engaging manner. A survey of the four main sects of Tibetan Buddhism and a succinct history of the Tibetan cultural region complete this work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559392969
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
04/25/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
774,134
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

John Powers has published twelve books, including Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. He received his PhD from the University of Virginia and specializes in Indian and Tibetan intellectual history. He is currently Professor of Asian Studies at Australian National University.

Table of Contents

Technical Note 7

Introduction 11

1 The Indian Background 17

Origins of Tibetan Buddhism 17

The Buddha 18

The Buddha's Teaching Career 26

2 Mahayana 31

Origins 31

Mahayana Doctrines 36

The Bodhisattva Path 38

3 Some Important Buddhist Doctrines 45

Karma and Rebirth 45

Dependent Arising 50

4 Meditation 55

The Role of Meditation in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism 55

Stabilizing and Analytical Meditation 58

The Five Buddhist Paths 60

5 Tantra 63

The Place of the Tantras in Buddhist Literature 63

Tantra as a Branch of Mahayana 67

Tantric Symbols 72

Entering Tantric Practice 74

The Four Classes of Tantra 79

The Preliminary Practices 85

Death and Dying in Tibetan Buddhism 94

6 The Four Orders 103

Similarities and Differences 103

The Nonsectarian Movement 106

Nyingma 110

Kagyu 117

Sakya 126

Geluk 133

Lexicon of Buddhist Terms 141

Bibliography 149

English-Tibetan-Sanskrit Glossary 153

Terms 153

Names 157

Locations 159

Titles of Works Mentioned 160

Index 161

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