Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism / Edition 1

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism / Edition 1

by John Powers

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ISBN-10: 1559390263

ISBN-13: 9781559390262

Pub. Date: 01/01/1995

Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

For a comprehensive and eminently comprehensible overview of Tibetan Buddhism, look to Power's substantial Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.Booklist


For a comprehensive and eminently comprehensible overview of Tibetan Buddhism, look to Power's substantial Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.Booklist

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Shambhala Publications, Inc.
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Revised Edition
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Table of Contents

Preface     11
Technical Note     17
Introduction     21
The Indian Background
Buddhism in India     31
The Buddha     31
The Buddha's Life and Lives     34
Epilogue     56
Some Important Buddhist Doctrines     63
Cyclic Existence     63
Appearance and Reality     71
Meditation     81
The Role of Meditation in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism     81
Stabilizing and Analytical Meditation     85
The Five Buddhist Paths     91
Mahayana     101
Origins     101
Mahayana Doctrines     105
The Bodhisattva Path     113
Tibetan History and Culture
Tibetan Religious History     137
Tibet: Geography and Environment     137
The Early History of Tibet     139
The Period of the Religious Kings     144
The Second Dissemination of Buddhism     155
Mongol Influence and Sakya Supremacy     159
The Gelukpa Ascent to Power     163
The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries     169
The Twentieth Century     181
Foreign Conflicts     181
TheFourteenth Dalai Lama     187
The Interregnum Period     195
The Fourteenth Dalai Lama Assumes Power     197
The Chinese Occupation of Tibet     205
Religious Festivals and Holy Days     219
Monlam     219
The Butter-Sculpture Festival of Kumbum     222
Sacred Dance     226
Other Religious Festivals     228
Common Elements in Tibetan Religious Ceremonies     229
Geography and Architecture     233
The Religious Environment     233
Construction of Religious Structures     236
Stupas     242
Tibetan Buddhist Doctrines and Practices
Tantra     249
The Place of the Tantras in Buddhist Literature     249
Tantra as a Branch of Mahayana     257
Tantric Symbols     262
Entering Tantric Practice     267
The Four Classes of Tantra     279
The Preliminary Practices     294
The Fourteen Root Downfalls     315
Death and Dying in Tibetan Buddhism     325
Introduction     325
Death Meditation: Exoteric and Esoteric Traditions     330
The Bardo Process     341
Tibetan Rituals of Death and Dying     348
The Orders of Tibetan Buddhism
The Four Orders     355
The Nonsectarian Movement     359
Nyingma     367
History and Doctrines     367
The Nine Vehicles     375
Terma: Hidden Treasures     378
Distinctive Practices: Dzogchen     383
Kagyu     399
History and Doctrines     399
Meditation Practices     405
Sakya     433
Origins of the Sakya Tradition     433
The Development and Dissemination of Sakya Doctrines and Practices     437
Sakya Becomes a Political Force     442
The Sakya Monastic Order     445
Distinctive Practices: "Path and Result"     447
Geluk     467
History of the Lineage     467
The Gelukpa Monastic System     477
Distinctive Practices: The Stages of the Path     481
Bon: A Heterodox System     497
Introduction     497
Bon Teachings and Practices     500
Chronology of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism     515
Lexicon of Buddhist Terms     521
English-Tibetan-Sanskrit Glossary     529
Select Bibliography      561
Technical Terms     577
Proper Names     584
Titles of Works Mentioned     589
Locations     590

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