♥ Book Title : The Culture of the Book in Tibet
☯ Full Synopsis : "The history of the book in Tibet involves more than literary trends and trade routes. Functioning as material, intellectual, and symbolic object, the book has been an instrumental tool in the construction of Tibetan power and authority, and its history opens a crucial window onto the cultural, intellectual, and economic life of an immensely influential Buddhist society. Spanning the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries, Kurtis R. Schaeffer envisions the scholars and hermits, madmen and ministers, kings and queens who produced Tibet's massive canons. He describes how Tibetan scholars edited and printed works of religion, literature, art, and science and what this indicates about the interrelation of material and cultural practices. The Tibetan book is at once the embodiment of the Buddha's voice, a principal means of education, a source of tradition and authority, an economic product, a finely crafted aesthetic object, a medium of Buddhist written culture, and a symbol of the religion itself. Books stood at the center of debates on the role of libraries in religious institutions, the relative merits of oral and written teachings, and the economy of religion in Tibet. A meticulous study that draws on more than 150 understudied Tibetan sources, The Culture of the Book in Tibet is the first volume to trace this singular history. Through a single object, Schaeffer accesses a greater understanding of the cultural and social history of the Tibetan plateau."Article| Kurtis R. Schaeffer| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet
☯ Full Synopsis : "Following the upheavals of the Cultural Revolution, the People's Republic of China gradually permitted the renewal of religious activity. Tibetans, whose traditional religious and cultural institutions had been decimated during the preceding two decades, took advantage of the decisions of 1978 to begin a Buddhist renewal that is one of the most extensive and dramatic examples of religious revitalization in contemporary China. The nature of that revival is the focus of this book."Article| Melvyn C. Goldstein, Matthew Kapstein| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Tibetan History Reader
☯ Full Synopsis : "Answering a critical need for an accurate, in-depth history of Tibet, this single-volume resource reproduces essential, hard-to-find essays from the past fifty years of Tibetan studies. Covering the social, cultural, and political development of Tibet from the seventh century to the modern period, the volume is organized chronologically and regionally to complement courses in Asian and religious studies and world civilizations. Beginning with Tibet’s emergence as a regional power and concluding with its profound contemporary transformations, this anthology offers both a general and specific history, connecting the actions of individuals, communities, and institutions to broader historical trends that shaped Asia and the world. With contributions from American, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and Tibetan scholars, the collection reflects the international character of Tibetan studies and its multiple, interdisciplinary perspectives. Contributors address many aspects of Tibetan culture frequently neglected in popular accounts, and the editors render Tibetan person and place names in an easy-to-pronounce phonetic system—a key component increasing the volume’s accessibility. They also standardize complex and sometimes cryptic references to cited works, clearing the path for additional research in directly related and peripheral fields. By far the most concise scholarly anthology on Tibetan civilization in any Western language, this reader clarifies the history of Tibet, its relation to its neighbors, and its role in world affairs."Article| Gray Tuttle, Kurtis R. Schaeffer| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Buddhism and Empire
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book analyzes the religious-political culture of the Tibetan Empire (c. 620-842) and the establishment of Buddhism, based on early sources. It shows how relationships formed in the Imperial period underlie many of the unique characteristics of traditional Tibetan Buddhism."Article| Michael Walter| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Tibet
☯ Full Synopsis : "Presents a comprehensive history of the country, from its beginnings in the seventh century, to its rise as a Buddhist empire in medieval times, to its conquest by China in 1950, and subsequent rule by the Chinese."Article| Sam Van Schaik| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Historical Dictionary of Tibet
☯ Full Synopsis : "Tibet is a land bounded by the world’s highest mountains, and it is the repository of an ancient culture. For centuries it was viewed by Europeans as a remote, mystical place populated by Buddhist masters with supernatural powers and profound wisdom. In contrast to this image, it was once a warlike country whose expansionist rulers conquered a vast empire that incorporated much of central Asia and parts of China. Even now the Tibetan Plateau remains a scene of contestation, both ideologically and militarily. Major popular uprisings in 1959, 1988, and 2008 have drawn the attention of the world’s media, and its religious teachers often attract large crowds when they travel overseas. The situation in the country remains highly volatile today, as the 2008 uprising—the largest and most widespread in the history of the region—attests. The Historical Dictionary of Tibet is the most comprehensive dictionary published to date on Tibetan history. It covers the history of Tibet from 27,000 BCE to the present through a chronology, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 1,000 cross-referenced dictionary entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, culture, anthropology, and sociology. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Tibet."Article| John Powers, David Templeman| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Seven Years in Tibet
☯ Full Synopsis : "In this vivid memoir that has sold millions of copies worldwide, Heinrich Harrer recounts his adventures as one of the first Europeans ever to enter Tibet. Harrer was traveling in India when the Second World War erupted. He was subsequently seized and imprisoned by British authorities. After several attempts, he escaped and crossed the rugged, frozen Himalayas, surviving by duping government officials and depending on the generosity of villagers for food and shelter.Harrer finally reached his ultimate destination-the Forbidden City of Lhasa-without money, or permission to be in Tibet. But Tibetan hospitality and his own curious appearance worked in Harrer?s favor, allowing him unprecedented acceptance among the upper classes. His intelligence and European ways also intrigued the young Dalai Lama, and Harrer soon became His Holiness?s tutor and trusted confidant. When the Chinese invaded Tibet in 1950, Harrer and the Dalai Lama fled the country together. This timeless story illuminates Eastern culture, as well as the childhood of His Holiness and the current plight of Tibetans. It is a must-read for lovers of travel, adventure, history, and culture. A motion picture, under the direction of Jean-Jacques Annaud, will feature Brad Pitt in the lead role of Heinrich Harrer."Article| Heinrich Harrer| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Authenticating Tibet
☯ Full Synopsis : "Since 1959, Tibet has been at the centre of controversy, after China's 'peaceful liberation' of the land of snows led to the Lhasa uprising and the Dalai Lama's escape to India. This work brings together responses to a booklet published by the Chinese government in 1989, which sought to counter criticism of their occupation of Tibet."Article| Anne-Marie Blondeau, Katia Buffetrille| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The spirit of Tibet
☯ Full Synopsis : "This full-color portrait of Tibetan life in exile displays the spirit of Tibetan refugees living in the beautiful mountain settings of northern India and shows how they have preserved the best of their unique culture and identity. Aided by their Buddhist faith, the Tibetan people have rebuilt productive lives for themselves, and today live in thriving communities with a strong sense of purpose: to preserve and maintain the ancient Buddhist tradition which forms the core of Tibetan culture. In this sense, these refugees have managed more than mere survival; they have created a Tibet in exile that is in many ways more truly Tibetan than their occupied homeland. These images portray skilled Tibetan artists creating paintings, statues, and woodcarvings, Tibetan doctors with their herbal remedies and pulse diagnoses, opera singers, young Tibetan children and lay people in their daily lives, monks and nuns engaging in study and practice, examples of Tibetan architecture, and majestic mountain scenes."Article| Alison Wright| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Tibet, Past and Present: Religion and secular culture in Tibet
☯ Full Synopsis : "The proceedings of the seminars of the International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS) have developed into the most representative world-wide cross-section of Tibetan Studies. They are an indispensable reference-work for anyone interested in Tibet and capture the cutting edge of Tibet-related research.This volume is the second of three volumes of general proceedings of the Ninth Seminar of the IATS. It presents a careful selection of scholarly and academic articles on Tibetan Buddhist and Bon religious culture, including a sizeable section of anthropological contributions. The complete series covers ten volumes. The other seven volumes are the outcome of expert panels. Of special interest to readers of this book are the edited volumes by Katia Buffetrille & Hildegard Diemberger (anthropology: territory and identity), Helmut Eimer & David Germano (Buddhist canon), Toni Huber (anthropology: Amdo cultural revival), Christiaan Klieger (anthropology: presentation of self & identity), and Deborah Klimburg-Salter and Eva Allinger (art history)."Article| International Association for Tibetan Studies. Seminar, John Ardussi| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Tibet
☯ Full Synopsis : "Exploring ethnic Tibet independently is a challenge. With the 'land of snows' having some of the wildest and roughest road routes in high Asia, motoring, mountain-biking and trekking options are all given due attention in this new edition. High quality, numerous maps set this guide apart from other guides on Tibet and the trekking section has been expanded to include more on the main treks, including Everest Base Camp, Genden to Samye, Namtso trek and Kailiash region treks. Particular attention has been paid to the Amdo and Kham regions, not usually covered in guidebooks. Political and cultural issues make Tibet a sensitive destination for Westerners, so Michael Buckley's authoritative advice includes guidelines on cultural etiquette, local customs, and travelling with minimum impact on the culture and environment. The chapter on language includes a section covering Tibetan script."Article| Michael Buckley| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : China's Tibet?
☯ Full Synopsis : "History."Article| Warren W. Smith| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Sources of Tibetan Tradition
☯ Full Synopsis : "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."Article| Kurtis R. Schaeffer, Matthew T. Kapstein, Gray Tuttle| Statement ..."