Sources of Tibetan Tradition
(Introduction to Asian Civilizations)
(Paperback)

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The most comprehensive collection of Tibetan works in a Western language, this volume illuminates the complex historical, intellectual, and social development of Tibetan civilization from its earliest beginnings to the modern period. Including more than 180 representative writings, Sources of Tibetan Tradition spans Tibet's vast geography and long history, presenting for the first time a diversity of works by religious and political leaders; scholastic philosophers and contemplative hermits; monks and nuns; poets and artists; and aristocrats and commoners. The selected readings reflect the profound role of Buddhist sources in shaping Tibetan culture while illustrating other major areas of knowledge. Thematically varied, they address history and historiography; political and social theory; law; medicine; divination; rhetoric; aesthetic theory; narrative; travel and geography; folksong; and philosophical and religious learning, all in relation to the unique trajectories of Tibetan civil and scholarly discourse. The editors begin each chapter with a survey of broader social and cultural contexts and introduce each translated text with a concise explanation. Concluding with writings that extend into the early twentieth century, this volume offers an expansive encounter with Tibet's exceptional intellectual heritage.

AuthorKurtis Schaeffer
BindingPaperback
EAN9780231135993
FormatImport
ISBN0231135998
Height950 mm
Length650 mm
Width175 mm
Weight250 g
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages832
Package Quantity1
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2013-04-05
PublisherColumbia University Press
StudioColumbia University Press
Sales Rank490515

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