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Overview

Originally published in 1997, Religions of Tibet in Practice is a landmark work--the first major anthology on the topic ever produced. This new edition--abridged to further facilitate course use--presents a stunning array of works that together offer an unparalleled view of the Tibetan religious landscape over the centuries.

Organized thematically, the twenty-eight chapters are testimony to the vast scope of religious practice in the Tibetan world, past and present. Religions of Tibet in Practice remains a work of great value to scholars, students, and general readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Religious Studies Review
Praise for Princeton's previous edition: Religions of Tibet in Practice is by far the richest sourcebook of Tibetan texts available and will reward both the specialist and the patient general reader.
— Roger Jackson
Journal of Religion
Praise for Princeton's previous edition: [A] valuable contribution to the study of Tibetan religion and culture.
— Amy Lavine
Asian Thought and Society
Praise for Princeton's previous edition: The anthology is replete with fascinating, important, material; and—remarkably for a work with so many authors—uniformly well-written. Anyone interested in gaining an overall sense of what constitutes Tibetan religious thought in all its multifarious ramifications could hardly have a more helpful introduction.
— David Hicks
Choice
Praise for Princeton's previous edition: This anthology on Tibetan religions is a first of its kind. . . . [The contributors] are among the best in the growing field. . . . Significant and groundbreaking.
Religious Studies Review - Roger Jackson
Praise for Princeton's previous edition: Religions of Tibet in Practice is by far the richest sourcebook of Tibetan texts available and will reward both the specialist and the patient general reader.
Journal of Religion - Amy Lavine
Praise for Princeton's previous edition: [A] valuable contribution to the study of Tibetan religion and culture.
Asian Thought and Society - David Hicks
Praise for Princeton's previous edition: The anthology is replete with fascinating, important, material; and—remarkably for a work with so many authors—uniformly well-written. Anyone interested in gaining an overall sense of what constitutes Tibetan religious thought in all its multifarious ramifications could hardly have a more helpful introduction.
From the Publisher

Praise for Princeton's previous edition: "Religions of Tibet in Practice is by far the richest sourcebook of Tibetan texts available and will reward both the specialist and the patient general reader."--Roger Jackson, Religious Studies Review

Praise for Princeton's previous edition: "[A] valuable contribution to the study of Tibetan religion and culture."--Amy Lavine, Journal of Religion

Praise for Princeton's previous edition: "The anthology is replete with fascinating, important, material; and--remarkably for a work with so many authors--uniformly well-written. Anyone interested in gaining an overall sense of what constitutes Tibetan religious thought in all its multifarious ramifications could hardly have a more helpful introduction."--David Hicks, Asian Thought and Society

Praise for Princeton's previous edition: "This anthology on Tibetan religions is a first of its kind. . . . [The contributors] are among the best in the growing field. . . . Significant and groundbreaking."--Choice

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This, the fourth volume in the Princeton Readings in Religion series and professedly the first substantial anthology of Tibetan religious literature to appear in English, is an extraordinary achievement. Splitting its hugely complex subject into thematic areasaccounts of time and place, remarkable lives, rites and techniques, prayers and sermons, dealing with death and demonsthe book includes essays by 17 contributors who introduce texts from all periods of Tibetan spirituality as well as from a wide variety of Tibetan Buddhist sects. A dense, very informative and lucid 36-page introduction covers all the major themes of Tibetan religions, including the distinctions between interconnected lore, the history of Bon (the indigenous religion of Tibet) and Buddhism. As complete as the book is, however, the editor has not included Tibetan translations of Indian philosophical or exegetical works, preferring instead to offer "a compendium of the popular or lay practice of the common folk." In addition, the texts themselves are lightly and unobtrusively annotated. While this makes the texts very readable, those seeking specific information will need to consult heavily the promised index (not seen by PW). The book includes black-and-white illustrations (also not seen by PW) and a brief bibliography after each excerpt. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691129723
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/5/2007
  • Series: Princeton Readings in Religions Series
  • Edition description: ABR
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald S. Lopez Jr., is Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the editor of three other volumes in this series: "Buddhism in Practice, Religions of India in Practice", and "Religions of China in Practice".

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Table of Contents

Princeton Readings in Religions
Note on Transliteration
Contributors
Introduction 3
1 Gesar of Ling 39
2 The Royal Way of Supreme Compassion 69
3 A Tribal History 77
4 Bon Rescues Dharma 98
5 The Guide to the Crystal Peak 103
6 Guidebook to Lapchi 120
7 The Life of Tilopa 137
8 Atisa's Journey to Tibet 157
9 The Journey to the Golden Mountain 178
10 A Quest for "The Path and Result" 188
11 The Yogin Lorepa's Retreat at Lake Namtso 200
12 Memories of a Past Life 212
13 A Rite of Empowerment 225
14 The Horseback Consecration Ritual 234
15 An Offering of Torma 255
16 An Avalokitesvara Sadhana 266
17 A Fasting Ritual 271
18 Food, Clothes, Dreams, and Karmic Propensities 293
19 The Elements, Insanity, and Lettered Subjectivity 313
20 The Regulations of a Monastery 335
21 The Sermon of an Itinerant Saint 355
22 From the Autobiography of a Visionary 369
23 A Prayer to the Lama 376
24 A Prayer to the God of the Plain 387
25 Invocations to Two Bon Deities 395
26 A Smoke Purification Song 401
27 Daily Prayers 406
28 Mindfulness of Death 421
29 A Prayer for Deliverance from Rebirth 442
30 Dying, Death, and Other Opportunities 458
31 Cards for the Dead 494
32 Returning from Hell 499
33 Exorcising Demons with a Buddhist Sutra 511
34 Turning Back Gossip 527
35 Hail Protection 538
36 A Prayer Flag for Tara 548
Index 553
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