Tibet Past And Present Religion And Secular Culture In Tibet

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Author: International Association for Tibetan Studies. Seminar
Publisher: BRILL
Category : Architecture
Languages : en
Pages : 470
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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).


Women In Tibet

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Author: Janet Gyatso
Publisher: C. HURST & CO. PUBLISHERS
Category : Women
Languages : en
Pages : 436
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This volume presents a variety of data and reflection on the history of Tibetan women. Drawing on textual and archival study, ethnographic research, the history of religions, and feminist theory, the contributors explore the struggles and accomplishments of women from Tibet, including queens from the imperial period, "yoginis" and religious teachers of mediaeval times, Buddhist nuns, oracles, political workers, doctors and artists. The work seeks to resist both romanticisation and excessive criticism of the position and status of women in Tibetan society, exploring instead the complex relations between religion, culture, and social and political reality throughout history and the secular and religious facets of women's lives. The contributors explore the roots of androcentrism and misogyny, the means by which women have handled such biases, and the wider implications of gender differentiation in the Tibetan world.


Food Of Sinful Demons

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Author: Geoffrey Barstow
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 320
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Tibetan Buddhism teaches compassion toward all beings, a category that explicitly includes animals. Slaughtering animals is morally problematic at best and, at worst, completely incompatible with a religious lifestyle. Yet historically most Tibetans—both monastic and lay—have made meat a regular part of their diet. In this study of the place of vegetarianism within Tibetan religiosity, Geoffrey Barstow explores the tension between Buddhist ethics and Tibetan cultural norms to offer a novel perspective on the spiritual and social dimensions of meat eating. Food of Sinful Demons shows the centrality of vegetarianism to the cultural history of Tibet through specific ways in which nonreligious norms and ideals shaped religious beliefs and practices. Barstow offers a detailed analysis of the debates over meat eating and vegetarianism, from the first references to such a diet in the tenth century through the Chinese invasion in the 1950s. He discusses elements of Tibetan Buddhist thought—including monastic vows, the Buddhist call to compassion, and tantric antinomianism—that see meat eating as morally problematic. He then looks beyond religious attitudes to examine the cultural, economic, and environmental factors that oppose the Buddhist critique of meat, including Tibetan concepts of medicine and health, food scarcity, the display of wealth, and idealized male gender roles. Barstow argues that the issue of meat eating was influenced by a complex interplay of factors, with religious perspectives largely supporting vegetarianism while practical concerns and secular ideals pulled in the other direction. He concludes by addressing the surge in vegetarianism in contemporary Tibet in light of evolving notions of Tibetan identity and resistance against the central Chinese state. The first book to discuss this complex issue, Food of Sinful Demons is essential reading for scholars interested in Tibetan religion, history, and culture as well as global food history.


Jewels Of The Middle Way

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Author: James B. Apple
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category : Philosophy
Languages : en
Pages : 474
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Jewels of the Middle Way documents an important tradition of Madhyamaka and provides insight into both the late Indian Buddhist blend of Madhyamaka and tantra and the Kadampa school founded by the Indian Buddhist master Atisa. This book presents a detailed contextualization of the Madhyamaka (Middle Way) school in India and Tibet, along with translations of several texts in the Bka’ gdams gsung ’bum (Collected Works of the Kadampas), recently recovered Tibetan manuscripts that are attributed to Atisa and Kadampa commentators. These translations cohere around Atisa’s Madhyamaka view of the two realities and his understanding of the practice and the nature of the awakening mind. The book is organized in three parts based on the chronology of Atisa’s teaching of Madhyamaka in India and Tibet: (1) Lineage Masters, the Mind of Awakening, and the Middle Way; (2) Articulating the Two Realities; and (3) How Madhyamikas Meditate. Each part focuses on a specific text, or set of texts, specifically related to Atisa’s Middle Way. The authorship and date of composition for each work is discussed along with an outline of the work’s textual sources followed by an analysis of the content.


Discoveries In Western Tibet And The Western Himalayas

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Author: International Association for Tibetan Studies. Seminar
Publisher: BRILL
Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 240
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Recent archaeological discoveries and scientific research especially focussed on western Tibet and the western Himalayas have resulted in a remarkable redefinition of the historical and cultural processes of the entire Indo-Tibetan civilisation. The present volume reflects these sometimes startling new insights for the first time, covering the wide time range from the Zhang zhung period up to the 20th century, spanning secular, religious and economic history, as well as art and archaeology.


Piats 2000

PIATS 2000 PDF
Author: International Association for Tibetan Studies. Seminar
Publisher: BRILL
Category : Architecture
Languages : en
Pages : 495
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This is the first of three volumes of general proceedings from the Ninth Seminar of the International Association of Tibetan Studies. It presents a selection of scholarly and academic articles on Tibetan history, which includes contemporary developments as well as a linguistic section.


Heart Drops Of Dharmakaya

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Author: Bkra-śis-rgyal-mtshan (Śar-rdza)
Publisher: Snow Lion Publications, Incorporated
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 163
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Tibetan Diaspora

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Author: Anju Gurawa
Publisher:
Category : Buddhism
Languages : en
Pages : 351
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The Navel Of The Demoness

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Author: Charles Ramble
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 393
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This book is a study of religion in a Tibetanised community of Highland Nepal. The village of Te, in Mustang District, is nominally Buddhist: until recent times it had a tradition of Sakyapa monasticism, and depends on Nyingmapa tantric priests for ritual and clerical services.


Tibetan Buddhist Literature And Praxis

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Author: International Association for Tibetan Studies. Seminar
Publisher: Brill's Tibetan Studies Librar
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 262
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The papers provide access for the first time to Tibetan documents and practices from the period of the tenth to fifteenth century.