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The most comprehensive collection of classic Tibetan works in a Western language, this volume illuminates the complex historical, intellectual, and social movements of Tibetan civilization from its earliest beginnings to the modern period. It includes more than 180 representative writings of the Tibetan tradition, more than half never before translated into English. The perfect introduction to Tibetan culture for nonspecialists, this anthology ...
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Sources of Tibetan Tradition

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Overview

The most comprehensive collection of classic Tibetan works in a Western language, this volume illuminates the complex historical, intellectual, and social movements of Tibetan civilization from its earliest beginnings to the modern period. It includes more than 180 representative writings of the Tibetan tradition, more than half never before translated into English. The perfect introduction to Tibetan culture for nonspecialists, this anthology also adds greater depth to the research and understanding of more advanced scholars.

Selected texts span Tibet’s vast geography and nearly thirteen hundred years of history, featuring a diverse range of authors including religious and lay leaders; scholastic philosophers and contemplative hermits; monks and nuns; poets and artists; aristocrats and commoners. Their works reflect Buddhist sources and their profound role in shaping Tibetan culture but also illustrate other major categories of traditional Tibetan knowledge: medicine, the practical arts, linguistics, logic, and epistemology. Thematically varied as well, selections treat topics such as history and historiography; political and social theory; law; rhetoric; aesthetic theory; narrative; travel and geography; folksong; and broad religious and philosophical themes, all in relation to the unique trajectories of Tibetan civil and scholarly discourse. The editors begin each chapter with an explanation of broader social and cultural contexts and introduce each translated text with a concise explanation of the material. Concluding with writings that extend into the early twentieth century, this volume provides a truly expansive encounter with Tibet’s exceptional intellectual heritage.
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Bulletin of SOAS

... A welcome addition and marks the maturation of Tibetan studies as a discipline.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231509787
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Series: Introduction to Asian Civilizations
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 856
  • File size: 20 MB
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Meet the Author

Kurtis R. Schaeffer is professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and is the author of The Culture of the Book in Tibet and several other books, including Himalayan Hermitess: The Life of a Tibetan Buddhist Nun. Matthew T. Kapstein is director of Tibetan Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris and Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Tibetans, among many other publications. Gray Tuttle is the Leila Hadley Luce Assistant Professor of Modern Tibet in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and is the author of Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China and the editor of Mapping the Modern in Tibet.
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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsTranscription and Transliteration ConventionsList of ContributorsDates in Tibetan History and Key Events in Neighboring LandsMapsPART ONE. Political Expansion and the Beginnings of Tibetan Buddhist Culture (Seventh to Tenth Centuries)1. Tibet in Medieval Chinese2. Imperial Records from Dunhuang3. Imperial Edicts from Central and Far Eastern Tibet4. Institutions and Knowledge Under the Tibetan Empire5. Early Religion and the Beginnings of BuddhismPART TWO. Tibet in Fragments: From Empire to Monastic Principalities (Eleventh to Twelfth Centuries)6. Renewal and Rediscovery: The Later Diffusion of Buddhism and the Response of the "Ancients"7. The Proliferation of New Lineages8. The Bön Tradition9. The Development of Medical TraditionPART THREE. The Age of Monastic and Aristocratic Hegemonies: The Florescence of Tibetan Culture (Thirteenth to Sixteenth Centuries)10. Elaborating the Narratives of Tibetan Antiquity11. Historians and Historical Documents of the Thirteenth to Sixteenth Centuries12. Explorations of Buddhist Doctrine13. Literary Developments14. Writings on Death and Dying15. The Growth of the Arts and SciencesPART FOUR. The Age of Centralization: The Rise of the Ganden Government and the Period of Its Bid for Cultural Hegemony (Seventeenth to Twentieth Centuries)16. The Beginnings of the Gandenpa School17. The Fifth Dalai Lama and the Ganden Government18. Aristocrats19. Religious and Political Developments in Eastern Tibet20. Encountering Other Cultures21. Religious Writers in Amdo and KhamPART FIVE. Expanding Horizons in the Early Twentieth Century22. Early Twentieth-Century Tibetan Encounters with the West23. Tibetans Addressing Modern Political IssuesCreditsFor Further ReadingIndex 06_scha13598_00_toc.doc: viii

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