Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

ISBN-10: 1559392827

ISBN-13: 9781559392822

Edition: 2007 (Revised)

Authors: John Powers

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The expanded edition of the classic reference, one of Snow Lion's top ten bestsellers. Thorough coverage of Tibetan Buddhism from its Indian origins to the present day; includes new information on the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, religious practices and festivals, and the current political situation.
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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Technical Note
The Indian Background
Buddhism in India
The Buddha
The Buddha's Life and Lives
Some Important Buddhist Doctrines
Cyclic Existence
Appearance and Reality
The Role of Meditation in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism
Stabilizing and Analytical Meditation
The Five Buddhist Paths
Mahayana Doctrines
The Bodhisattva Path
Tibetan History and Culture
Tibetan Religious History
Tibet: Geography and Environment
The Early History of Tibet
The Period of the Religious Kings
The Second Dissemination of Buddhism
Mongol Influence and Sakya Supremacy
The Gelukpa Ascent to Power
The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
The Twentieth Century
Foreign Conflicts
The Fourteenth Dalai Lama
The Interregnum Period
The Fourteenth Dalai Lama Assumes Power
The Chinese Occupation of Tibet
Religious Festivals and Holy Days
The Butter-Sculpture Festival of Kumbum
Sacred Dance
Other Religious Festivals
Common Elements in Tibetan Religious Ceremonies
Geography and Architecture
The Religious Environment
Construction of Religious Structures
Tibetan Buddhist Doctrines and Practices
The Place of the Tantras in Buddhist Literature
Tantra as a Branch of Mahayana
Tantric Symbols
Entering Tantric Practice
The Four Classes of Tantra
The Preliminary Practices
The Fourteen Root Downfalls
Death and Dying in Tibetan Buddhism
Death Meditation: Exoteric and Esoteric Traditions
The Bardo Process
Tibetan Rituals of Death and Dying
The Orders of Tibetan Buddhism
The Four Orders
The Nonsectarian Movement
History and Doctrines
The Nine Vehicles
Terma: Hidden Treasures
Distinctive Practices: Dzogchen
History and Doctrines
Meditation Practices
Origins of the Sakya Tradition
The Development and Dissemination of Sakya Doctrines and Practices
Sakya Becomes a Political Force
The Sakya Monastic Order
Distinctive Practices: "Path and Result"
History of the Lineage
The Gelukpa Monastic System
Distinctive Practices: The Stages of the Path
Bon: A Heterodox System
Bon Teachings and Practices
Chronology of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism
Lexicon of Buddhist Terms
English-Tibetan-Sanskrit Glossary
Select Bibliography
Technical Terms
Proper Names
Titles of Works Mentioned
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