The Culture of the Book in Tibet

Author: Kurtis R. Schaeffer
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231147171
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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.

Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet

Author: Melvyn C. Goldstein
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishe
ISBN: 9788120816282
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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.

Das tibetische Buch vom Leben und vom Sterben

Author: Sogyal Rinpoche
Publisher: O.W. Barth eBook
ISBN: 3426413523
Format: PDF, ePub
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Der tibetische Meditationsmeister Sogyal Rinpoche führt uns an eine Lebenspraxis heran, durch die der Tod seinen Schrecken verliert und der Alltag an Freude gewinnt. Seine zeitgemäße Auslegung der buddhistischen Lehren des berühmten »Tibetischen Totenbuchs« hat weltweit einen maßgeblichen Rang erlangt. Sie ist zu einer unentbehrlichen Hilfe in der Krankenbetreuung und Sterbebegleitung geworden. Doch jeder Mensch kann durch dieses Buch nicht nur »die Kunst zu sterben«, sondern auch die »zu leben« lernen. Beide sind nach tibetischer Auffassung nur die zwei Seiten einer Medaille.

Tibet Past and Present Religion and secular culture in Tibet

Author: International Association for Tibetan Studies. Seminar
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004127760
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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).

Sechs Reisen nach Tibet

Author: Vivi Walter
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3848209659
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Six travels in Tibet Reports of travels over 15 years from 1994 to 2009 Everywhere in Tibet, there are reminders about the culture and religion. There is hardly any other country in the world where people with their cultural and religious expressions have left marks on their country so extensively. The experience of nature is always also a cultural experience. In contrast stands the Chinese occupation that characterize everyday life for all Tibetans. "Six travels in Tibet" tells of the authors' experiences of the individual travel over a period of fifteen years. The authors have spent nearly a year in Tibet. The book also tells about the Tibetan people's living conditions and culture and about the economic and political situation of the Tibetans. Furthermore, there is information on what to do if you want to plan a trip to Tibet.

The Tibetans

Author: Matthew T. Kapstein
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118725379
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This book provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to Tibet,its culture and history. A clear and comprehensive overview of Tibet, its culture andhistory. Responds to current interest in Tibet due to continuingpublicity about Chinese rule and growing interest in TibetanBuddhism. Explains recent events within the context of Tibetanhistory. Situates Tibet in relation to other Asian civilizations throughthe ages. Draws on the most recent scholarly and archaeologicalresearch. Introduces Tibetan culture – particularly socialinstitutions, religious and political traditions, the arts andmedical lore. An epilogue considers the fragile position of Tibetancivilization in the modern world.

The spirit of Tibet

Author: Alison Wright
Publisher: Snow Lion Pubns
Format: PDF
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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.