The works contains a vivid, vigorous and fully-detailed description of early Buddhism and its teachings, the material organization of the Community, the formation and further developments of the writings, the conciliar traditions, the evolution of Buddhist sculpture and architecture, the origins of the sects, the Buddhist dialects and the constitution of the legends, and sets them in the historical background in which Buddhist doctrines originated and expanded in India and the neighboring countries.
Using the material evidence provided by Indian epigraphy and archeological remains on one hand, and taking into account the data supplied by Western (Latin and Greek) and Far Eastern (Tibetan and Chinese) sources on the other, Msgr. Lamotte has succeeded in producing a lucid and basic book that is unanimously considered a classic of contemporary Buddhist studies.
These History of Tibet volumes have a format which has become an increasingly practical format for the dissemination of modern Tibetan studies - a cohesive collection of scholarly articles grouped around a particular theme.
While most of the material included here has been previously published, the nature of the academic process is such that many of the articles have appeared in obscure publications, have enjoyed only limited circulation or are otherwise difficult to locate.
They are presented here in conjunction with extracts from original documents and contributions. Collectively, these articles form a relatively cohesive body of contemporary knowledge concerning the history of Tibet, and reflect the state of current scholarship in this field.
Volume 1: The Early Period: to c. AD 850, The Yarlung Dynasty.
Volume 2: The Medieval Period: c. 850-1895. The Development of Buddhist Paramountcy.
Volume 3: The Modern Period: 1895-1959, The Encounter with Modernity.
AMONG TIBETAN TEXTS: History and Literature of the Himalayan Plateau by Gene Smith
E. Gene Smith ran the Library of Congress' Tibetan Text Publication Project of the United States Public Law 480 (PL480)- an effort to salvage and reprint the Tibetan literature that had been saved by the exile community or by members of the Tibetan speaking communities of Sikkim, Bhutan, India, and Nepal. Smith wrote prefaces to these reprinted books to help clarify and contextualize the particular Tibetan texts: the prefaces served as rough orientations to a poorly understood body of foreign literature. Originally produced in print quantities of twenty, these prefaces quickly became legendary, and soon photocopied collections were handed from scholar to scholar, achieving an almost cult status. "Among Tibetan Texts" collects these essays, presenting them together for the first time.
The essays span a vast range of Tibetan literature, covering Buddhist texts from all lineages, histories, biographies, and literary arts. They provide historical context for the origins of the various traditions, with helpful lineage charts and overviews of the literature and the great figures that shaped those traditions. The impact of Smith's essays on the academic study of Tibetan literature has been tremendous, both for their remarkable ability to synthesize diverse materials into coherent accounts of Tibetan literature, history, and religious thought, and for the exemplary critical scholarship Smith brought- and continues to bring- to this field.
THE HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF BUDDHISM by T. W. Rhys Davids
Before T.W. Rhys Davids and some others ventured into interpretations of obscure sources of Buddhist philosophy and history, most of the material was lying scattered. It was strange, and very characteristic of the real meaning of true Buddhism, that there was no life of Gautama the Buddha in the Buddhist scriptures. Rhs Davids, in writing this book, regarded "Buddhism as a different kind of religion divorced from all that is known of religion in the traditional sense of the term."
TIBETAN LITERATURE: Studies in Genre ed. by Jose Cabezon and Roger R. Jackson
This book is an unprecedented survey of the range of literary expressions developed by the Tibetan people. Tibet possesses a literature that stretches back over 1300 years and is one of the great literary tradtions of Asia in terms of both its size and range of influence. It is an important repository of Buddhist teachings, but also of lyrical and epic poetry, a novel, biographies, histories, and wrintings on topics as diverse as law, ritual, medicine, art, poetics and geography.
TIBETAN RENAISSANCE: Tantric Buddhism in the Rebirth of Tibetan Culture by Ronald M. Davidson
How did a society on the edge of collapse become a vibrant Buddhist culture, led by yogis and scholars? This history of the Tibetan Renaissance (950-1200 C.E.) explores Tibet's rise and presents vivid portraits of the monks, teachers, aristocrats, evolving literature and political institutions.
THE TIBETAN ASSIMILATION OF BUDDHISM: Conversion, Contestation, and Memory by Matthew T. Kapstein
Explores the manner in which Buddhism penetrated Tibetan religious thought and became a core component of Tibetan identity. Kapstein examines Tibet's eighth-century conversion to Buddhism, the tensions that arose from competing lines of transmission and interpretation, and the continuing revelation of Buddhist teaching in the myths and doctrines of the ancient Nyingmapa school.
BIBLE OF TIBET: Tibetan Tales from Indian Sources by W. R. S. Ralston
This is the first translated and edited collection of the most significant scripture from the Buddhist literature of South Asia. It was on the basis of this collection that the English speaking reader became acquainted with the 'Bible of Tibet'. This collection still represents the most complete collection of Buddhist teachings and remains indispensable today.
BUDDHIST HANDBOOK: The Complete Guide to Buddhist Schools, Teachings, Practice, and History. by John Snelling
This is the first definitive guide to the complete panorama of Buddhist teaching, practice, schools, and history. One of the fastest growing religions in the world, Buddhism includes within its scope numerous traditions. The Buddhist Handbook provides a comprehensive and nonsectarian survey of these traditions and their contemporary exponents throughout the world, providing necessary information for those who wish to explore the various options thoroughly and find one that is suited to their needs. For those already practicing in a particular school of Buddhism, it offers illuminating insight into the teachings of other schools for more holistic view.
This is the first comprehensive introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. Beginning with a summary of the Indian origins of Tibetan Buddhism and how it eventually was brought to Tibet, it explores Tibetan Mahayana philosophy and tantric methods for personal transformation. The four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism as well as Bon are explored in depth. This book is a systematic and wonderfully clear presentation of Tibetan Buddhist views and practices.