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Introducing Tibetan Buddhism

ISBN-10: 0415456657
ISBN-13: 9780415456654
Edition: 2012
Authors: Geoffrey Samuel
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Description: This lively introduction covers the whole spectrum of Tibetan religious history, from early Tibetan figures, and the development of the old and new schools of Buddhism, to the spread and influence of Tibetan Buddhism throughout the world. It  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/12/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232

This lively introduction covers the whole spectrum of Tibetan religious history, from early Tibetan figures, and the development of the old and new schools of Buddhism, to the spread and influence of Tibetan Buddhism throughout the world. It introduces the major contemporary Buddhist traditions of Nyingmapa, Kagyupa, Sakyapa, Geluga and Bon, and the bodies of Tibetan textual material, including the writings of major lamas, and the relationship between the practical and textual transmission of the religion. Illustrated throughout, the book includes text boxes, summary charts, a glossary and a list of further reading to aid students’ understanding and revision. Introducing Tibetan Buddhismis also accompanied by a comprehensive companion website.

List of illustrations
Chronology
Language and pronunciation guide
Background
Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan society
Environment and society in Tibet
The growth of Buddhism in Tibet
The evolution of the four main traditions
Tibetan religious literature
The development of Buddhism in Tibet
The later development of Buddhism in India
The 'early diffusion� of the Dharma
The 'later diffusion� and the establishment of the Sarmapa schools
The reshaping of the Nyingmapa tradition: kama and terma
A note on the Bon tradition
The Gelukpa school and later developments
The twentieth century onwards
Tibetan Buddhism as a path to liberation I: Sutra teachings
The path to liberation
Theravada, Hinayana, Mahayana
Sutra and Tantra (Vajrayana)
Regional varieties of Buddhism in the contemporary world
Buddhist deities and the Three Bodies of the Buddha (trikaya)
Emptiness (sunyata)
The 'gradual path'
Refuge and bodhicitta
The path of the bodhisattva
Tibetan Buddhism as a path to liberation II: Tantric teachings
Tantric practice and the lama
Retreat and the training of the subtle body
Tantra and sexuality
Tantric deities
Classes of Sarma Tantra and Nyingma Tantra
Empowerment and preliminary practice (ng�ndro)
Dzogchen
Tibetan Buddhism as a system of knowledge
Introduction
Basic understandings of the universe
The Indian monastic universities, their curriculum and its adoption by the Tibetans
Philosophy
Other classical fields of Indian learning
Non-Indian aspects of Tibetan knowledge
Medicine
Ethics and Tibetan Buddhism
Introduction
Bases for Buddhist ethics
Other moral dimensions in Tibetan Buddhist society
Historical dimensions
Lamas and other religious practitioners
Lamas and lay practitioners
The two propagations of the teachings
Hereditary lamas
Visionary lamas (tert�n)
Reincarnate lamas
The Gelukpa system of election
Celibate monastic practitioners (monks and nuns)
Lay yogins and other non-monastic practitioners
Monasticism and non-monastic practice in Tibetan societies
Temples and monastic establishments
Tibetan Buddhism as practical religion
Introduction
Practical religion in Indian Buddhism
Practical religion in Tibet
Lamas, monks and monasteries as fields of karma
Death rituals - 'Tibetan Book of the Dead'
Maintenance of good relations with local gods and spirits; protection against malevolent spirits
Rituals for prosperity, success and good fortune
Rituals for health and long life
Divination and diagnosis
Tibetan ritual: pragmatic, karma-oriented and Bodhic dimensions
Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan identity
Introduction
Local and regional identity: local gods, lineages, clans, households
Local and regional identity: Buddhist saints and pilgrimage sites
Regional and national identity: Buddhism as a unifying factor
The stories of Ling Gesar
Conclusion
Tibetan Buddhism, women and gender
Introduction
Gender in Tibetan society
Women's religious roles within Indian Buddhism
Women religious roles within Tibetan Buddhism
Conclusion
The Bon religion of Tibet: pre-Buddhist survival or variant form of Buddhism?
Introduction
Yungdrung Bon
Bonpo narratives and teachings
Bonpo history and the relationship with Buddhism
The history of Bon studies
Modern developments
Tibetan Buddhism today and tomorrow
Introduction
Tibetan Buddhism in the People's Republic of China
Tibetan Buddhism in the Himalayas and the Tibetan diaspora
Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia, Buryatia, Tuva and Kalmykia
Tibetan Buddhism as a global religion
Conclusion: Tibetan Buddhism in a new environment
Appendix: Some important lamas
Glossary
Index

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