Laurence Austine Waddell (1854-1938) served in the Indian Medical Service, which took him to Darjeeling, Burma and Tibet. He carried out original field research at Buddhist temples and among the lay population. Highly illustrated, this landmark study of Tibetan Buddhism, its history, doctrine, temples and rituals, first appeared in 1895.
The Buddhism of Tibet consists of four texts, the first two written by the fourteenth Dalai Lama himself and the remaining two chosen by him for Western readers: The Buddhism of Tibet explains the principal topics and central practices of Buddhism. The Key to the Middle Way leads the student to the discovery of the true meaning of emptiness. The Precious Garland by Nagarjuna is famous for its descriptions of the Bodhisattva path of compassion and for its clear, concise analysis of the Buddha`s teaching on emptiness. The Song of the Four Mindfulnesses contains all the essentials of sutra and tantra. It is to be used as a basis for meditations on mindfulness of the guru, altruism, deity yoga and emptiness.
"The Key to the Middle Way by the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama leads the student to the discovery of the true meaning of emptiness. With acute precision, he presents many insights into the nature of emptiness.".
Author: Associate Professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations Matthew T Kapstein
Publisher: Univ of California Press
A look at religious revival in Chinese-ruled Tibet following the Cultural Revolution in China. These essays reveal the vibrancy of the ancient Buddhist religion in contemporary Tibet and also the problems that religion and Tibetan culture in general are facing in a radically altered world. 37 photos.
This fourteenth-century Tibetan classic serves as an excellent introduction to basic Buddhism as practiced throughout India and Tibet and describes the process of entering the Buddhist path through study and reflection. It begins with setting forth the structure of Buddhist education and the range of its subjects, and we’re treated to a rousing litany of the merits of such instruction. We’re then introduced to the buddhas of our world and eon—three of whom have already lived, taught, and passed into transcendence—before examining in detail the fourth, our own Buddha Shakyamuni. Butön tells the story of Shakyamuni’s past lives and then presents the path the Buddha followed (the same that all buddhas must follow). After the Buddha’s story, Butön recounts three compilations of Buddhist scriptures and then quotes from sacred texts that foretell the lives and contributions of great Indian Buddhist masters, which he then relates, concluding with the tale of the eventual demise and disappearance of the Buddhist doctrine. The text ends with an account of the inception and spread of Buddhism in Tibet, focused mainly on the country’s kings and early adopters of the foreign faith. An afterword by Ngawang Zangpo, one of the translators, discusses and contextualizes Butön’s exemplary life, his turbulent times, and his prolific works.
In most Asian countries esoteric buddhism (Tantrayana) declined in the past, while the Tibetans alone preserved the full richness of tantric traditions to our times. Thus this study is based on several Tibetan sources never presented in any modern language-some of them were translated, some were given as a summary.
Piats 2000 : Tibetan Studies : Proceedings of the Ninth Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Leiden 2000
Author: International Association for Tibetan Studies. Seminar
The Many Canons of Tibetan Buddhism is one of the first publications to include scholarship on both the mainstream Tibetan canons of translated Buddhist classics, and the alternative canons of literature of the Nyingma sectarian traditions.
This text is best viewed in pdf format. Download this and other free original texts from my website: TenazinTharpa.com. Tibetan Buddhist Essentials is a complete guide to Tibetan Buddhism. A unique text series presenting an expansive modern view of Tibetan Buddhism for students of diverse backgrounds and sensibilities. It shares an authentic yet progressive presentation of Tibetan Buddhism in an easily accessible no-nonsense format.
Focusing on contemporary Tibetan Buddhist revivals in the Tibetan regions of the Sichuan and Qinghai Provinces in China, this book explores the intricate entanglements of the Buddhist revivals with cultural identity, state ideology, and popular imagination of Tibetan Buddhist spirituality in contemporary China. In turn, the author explores the broader socio-cultural implications of such revivals. Based on detailed cross-regional ethnographic work, the book demonstrates that the revival of Tibetan Buddhism in contemporary China is intimately bound with both the affirming and negating forces of globalization, modernity, and politics of religion, indigenous identity reclamation, and the market economy. The analysis highlights the multidimensionality of Tibetan Buddhism in relation to different religious, cultural, and political constituencies of China. By recognizing the greater contexts of China’s politics of religion and of the global status of Tibetan Buddhism, this book presents an argument that the revival of Tibetan Buddhism is not an isolated event limited merely to Tibetan regions; instead, it is a result of the intersection of both local and global transformative changes. The book is a useful contribution to students and scholars of Asian religion and Chinese studies.
An Anthology of Selected Essays on Buddhist Studies
Author: Vijay Kumar Singh
Publisher: Sankalp Publication
The present book is an anthology of my previously published fifteen articles in the span of 19 years. Many articles were not available today. My friend and colleagues suggested me to put them into a book and publish it so that they became useful for the readers and available at one place. Therefore I took this task and this work is here. In this book there are varieties of articles; in Theravada and Mahayana and also in Tibetan Buddhism. Right from the Buddhism from the Gandhian perspectives to the status of women, this anthology covers mainly the most highlighted concepts of Tibetan Buddhism i.e. Bodhicitta or the altruistic attitude of the mind. I have also chosen the much discussed meditational practice of Buddhism i.e. Vipassana and two articles are given in this book here. The much discussed theory of void and Dependent origination is also given from Tibetan practice point of view. An article on Dependent origination is also given as the Buddha said that one who sees the dependent origination sees the Dharma. Compassion begets merits and because of the compassion Buddha agreed to disseminate his teachings after his initial hesitation at Bodh-Gaya. Two articles are attributed to the compassion and its associated practices from the Tibetan perspectives. The most solicited article is Buddhism today which will compel the reader to think about the religion, practices and the man and associated habits since the time unknown.
Tibetan Buddhism is becoming increasingly common and fashionable in Western media but this familiarity can cause its teachings and message to be misunderstood. Sangharakshita is ideally suited as our guide through the vast realm of Tibetan Buddhism, having spent many years in contact with Tibetan lamas of all schools, from whom he received several initiations. This down-to-earth account of the origin and history of Buddhism in Tibet explains the essentials of the tradition and can act as the starting point for our own noble journey.