Protecting Wisdom: Tibetan Book Covers From The Maclean Collection by Brown, Kathryn H. Selig
This elegant volume is the first comprehensive published study in English of the finely carved wooden covers designed to protect fragile Tibetan Buddhist texts. From the 11th through 14th centuries, Tibetan monks worked tirelessly to transcribe the life and teachings of the Buddha onto paper. Highly skilled craftsmen then covered these pages with wooden boards that had been elaborately and painstakingly carved, gilded, and painted. The first and most comprehensive of its kind, this lavishly produced, oversize volume features numerous illustrations of magnificent book covers from Tibet as well as several examples from other cultures. The volume tells the fascinating history of these objects, examines the materials from which they were carved, and traces stylistic influences from Kashmir, India, Nepal, and China.
Lost In Tibet: The Untold Story Of Five American Airmen, A Doomed Plane And The Will To Survive by Starks, Richard; Miriam Murcutt
Second 2012 edition of the 2004 account of 5 US airmen who in 1943 had to bail out over Tibet. Parts of their story became widely known after their return to India and then the US. Political pressures and revisions by the Chinese government meant that these generally known "official" accounts of the incident downplayed the very considerable positive role played by Tibetans in the survival and return of the airmen. Here is the unexpurgated story. Black-and-white photographs.
Geopolitical Exotica: Tibet In Western Imagination by Anand, Dibyesh
Geopolitical Exotica examines exoticized Western representations of Tibet and Tibetans and the debate over that land's status with regard to China. Concentrating on specific cultural images of the twentieth century-promulgated by novels, popular films, travelogues, and memoirs-Dibyesh Anand lays bare the strategies by which "Exotica Tibet" and "Tibetanness" have been constructed, and he investigates the impact these constructions have had on those who are being represented.
Geopolitical Exotica is the first book to explore representational practices within the study of international relations. Anand challenges the parochial practices of current mainstream international relations theory and practice, claiming that the discipline remains mostly Western in its orientation. His analysis of Tibet's status with regard to China scrutinizes the vocabulary afforded by conventional international relations theory and considers issues that until now have been undertheorized in relation to Tibet.
In this masterfully synthetic work, Anand establishes that postcoloniality provides new insights into themes of representation and identity and demonstrates how IR as a discipline can meaningfully expand its focus beyond the West.
Ninth Panchen Lama (1883-1937), The: A Life At The Crossroads Of Sino-Tibetan Relations by Jagou, Fabienne; R B Buechel (Trans.)
This biography of the Ninth Panchen Lama, the second highest spiritual authority in Tibetan Buddhism, offers new insights into the tumultuous history of the relations between China and Tibet at the start of the 20th century. It demonstrates how the Panchen Lama's flight from his monastery on the night of December 22, 1923, remains an essential characterizing event of Tibet's modern history. In China, the Panchen Lama became entwined with not only the Republican government, but also the world of international politics. By the 1930s, the prelate was to find himself a pawn in a diplomatic game played by China, Lhasa, and England for control of Tibet. His flight from his country set the stage for Chinese Republican, and later Communist, control over the selection of his successors, with repercussions even today for Sino-Tibetan relations.
Bayonets To Lhasa: The British Invasion Of Tibet by Fleming, Peter
Softback reissue of Peter Fleming's 1961 account of the 1904 British politico-military expedition to Lhasa. Based on official documents and recently available personal archives and correspondence by some of the leading figures involved, the account reads in places like a fictional thriller. Mixed motivations and now outmoded attitudes and political beliefs as well as high idealism and individual gallantry are shown to form the background and foreground of the seven weeks' occupation of Lhasa and the subsequent Treaty which led to the British departure. The confused scapegoating and name-calling which featured in the British military and civilian power groups in India and London, and the stance of the Russian and Chinese interests are all overviewed. The subsequent influence/occupation by China until 1911 and the proclamation of the independent Republic of Tibet is noted. Repercussions of this chapter of the Great Game of Imperial Britain and Tsarist Russia are still felt today.
Nine Ways Of Bon, The: Excerpts From Gzi-Brjid by Snellgrove, David (Ed.)
To practising bonpos, B?n simply means the true religion of Tibet, while to Tibetan Buddhists, B?n refers to the false teachings and practices that were prevalent before Buddhism finally succeeded in gaining a firm hold on the country.
The present study resulted from a period during which the author, a renowned scholar of Asian languages and cultures, was engaged in intense contact with practicing bonpos. It consists of the translation of fundamental texts of B?n, based on a manuscript of some 400 years of age, in which the entire B?n tantric practice is summarized. In many ways remarkably parallel to the early Buddhist teachings, much of the B?n tradition was subsequently incorporated back into Buddhism when that religion was formally adopted into Tibetan culture.
This important study, first published in the 1960s and long out of print, will be welcomed by all with interest in the religions of the Himalayas.
Himalayan Pilgrimage: A Study Of Tibetan Religion By A Traveller Through Western Nepal by Snellgrove, David
Himalayan Pilgrimage describes a seven months' journey which the author made through the remote Tibetan regions of Western Nepal in 1956. Travelling everywhere on foot with his Nepalese companion, Pasang Khambache Sherpa, who is eulogized in this new edition, Dr. Snellgrove covered more than a thousand miles of mountainous country and crossed some fifteen major passes of between seventeen- and twenty-thousand feet in altitude. The intention of the journey was to learn of the different regions and people and to study in particular the types of Tibetan religion practiced in those remote lands. The most interesting of these is perhaps Dolpo, through which very few foreigners have passed, then or to the present day.
The author, well known for his Buddhist studies and for his affection for Tibetan peoples, gives a lively and sympathetic account of the traditional lives and beliefs of these cheerful people.
Four Lamas Of Dolpo - Vol Ii: Autobiographies Of Four Tibetan Lamas by Snellgrove, David L. (Ed.)
The present volume provides an edited and corrected transcription the original Tibetan textual autobiographies of four Tibetan lamas of the Dolpo region, three of whom were born in the 16th century and one in the 17th. An accompaniment to Volume I, which provided the full English translation of the biographies, this second volume, in addition to the Tibetan texts formatted for reproduction in Western book form, also includes transliterations of short passages and verse extracted from the manuscripts, notes on the translations in the first volume and a detailed glossary. Of interest to all students of Tibetan religion and culture who are also versed in classical Tibetan language.
Four Lamas Of Dolpo - Vol I: Autobiographies Of Four Tibetan Lamas by Snellgrove, David L. (Ed)
This English translation of the manuscript autobiographies of four Tibetan lamas of the Dolpo region, three of whom were born in the 16th century and one in the 17th, offers the reader important insight into medieval Tibetan religious life. The manuscript records of these lives were discovered by the author/translator, an eminent scholar of Tibetan religion and culture, in the library of a monastery in Dolpo in 1961. Dr. Snellgrove remained in Dolpo to work with an erudite local monk on the preparatory work of the translation, thereafter completing the translation on his return to England.
Four Lamas of Dolpo provides a unique inside account of Tibetan religion and culture, as it has survived and has been practiced in an enclosed Tibetan community, practically unchanged for the past thousand years.
Big Dogs Of Tibet And The Himalayas: A Personal Journey by Messerschmidt, Don
Tibetan mastiffs were first imported into England over 150 years ago, and only three decades ago to North America. During the Chinese Cultural Revolution these remarkable high altitude livestock guardian dogs were nearly annihilated, but they have recovered and are now in high demand, some for very high prices among the nouveau riche of modern China. Today, thousands of these dogs are found around the world, promoted by many breeders, raised as pets, guardians and faithful companions. Some have scored high marks at international dog shows. Interest in Tibetan mastiffs and related dogs-their history, breeding, temperament, function and future-has never been as high.
This is a book of discovery of the exotic and relatively rare breeds of big dogs from Tibet and the Himalayas: the Tibetan mastiff, the rare KyiApso (the 'bearded' or 'shaggy' Tibetan mastiff), the Himalayan mountain dog, and the least known Sha-kyi (Tibetan hunting dog).
Research on Tibetan dogs is contentious. This book challenges some of the conventional wisdom about the big dogs with evidence showing how some big dog fanciers have gotten it wrong. It questions the notion that there were gigantic dogs in history, an idea that has inspired some modern breeders to create enormous critters, mistakenly evoking a mythical past-and much more.
Among The Tibetans by Bird, Isabella
In this facsimile reissue of the 1894 account of her 1889 travels in Tibet, Isabella Bishop (nee Bird) the already well known travel writer tells of her last visit to Asia. She travelled by horseback and used a tent, but went in some style from Sinigar to Ladakh. Descriptions of people she met and situations - some hair raising - she experienced include a focus on Christian missionaries and their simple way of life in places far remote from their fellows. Visits to Nubra, Leh were hazardous and the final chapter includes descriptions of the manners and customs of the area. With black-and-white drawings.
Waiting For The Dalai Lama: Stories From All Sides Of The Tibetan Debate by Rozeboom, Annelie
Why does the issue of Tibet rouse such passions on both sides? And is there any way to find common ground? Chinese-speaking journalist Annelie Rozeboom worked as a foreign correspondent in China for ten years. During that time she was able to interview numerous Tibetan people inside and outside Tibet, as well as Chinese residents, Western observers and the Dalai Lama himself. As these people explain their life stories, it becomes clear to the reader why they think the way they do. The book also shows how history washed over this remote kingdom and how the Tibetans and the Chinese came to take such opposing positions. Waiting for the Dalai Lama is a uniquely valuable book which approaches the emotive issue of Tibet from all angles.
Sacred & Secular: The Piccus Collection Of Tibetan Rugs by Piccus, Robert P.
The Piccus Collection of Tibetan Rugs was formed during an exciting "window of opportunity" that existed during the 80s and 90s to collect in this previously little-known area. The Collection demonstrates the genuine aesthetic sense and cultural achievements of the unknown Tibetan weavers who produced these masterpieces. The book tells the story of the rugs' collection, the individuals involved and the evolution of scholarship in this field. Beautifully illustrated, the book is divided into design categories, including Tigers and Leopards, Dragons, Tantric, Geometrics, Medallions, Warp Face Backs, and Nomadic, among others. It also includes technical information and a visual glossary that will be useful for collectors and designers alike. The book documents a previously little-known aspect of Tibetan history and culture that deserves to be recognized and is an essential addition to any collector's and design libraries.
Tibet: Reflections From The Wheel Of Life by Dunham, Carroll (Text); Thomas L. Kelly (Photos)
With a foreword by the Dalai Lama, this remarkable volume presents an intimate portrait of Tibet and its people. According to Tibetan belief, existence is an endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, and in this exquisitely illustrated volume authors Carroll Dunham and Ian Baker take us through the Tibetan wheel of life, from birth and childhood through adolescence and midlife to old age and death. Set against Tibet's staggeringly beautiful mountain landscapes, as well as against the ongoing struggle of the Tibetans to win independence from China, Tibet: Reflections from the Wheel of Life portrays the many faces of an earthy yet devout people steeped in a rich heritage.
Sacred Landscape And Pilrimage In Tibet: In Search Of The Lost Kingdom Of Bon by Geshe Gelek Jinpa; Charles Ramble Et Al
Before Buddhism, there was B?n. This book is a fascinating journey, visually and spiritually, through western Tibet by a monk of the little-known B?n faith, who is searching for the lost, sacred B?n homeland of Zhangzhung. It includes a DVD of the Pilgrimage. This spiritual adventure is the first book to document the living tradition of B?n. What makes this narrative so compelling is that the voice and perspective of Gelek, a young B?n monk, lends an intimacy and knowledge of B?n not found in religious texts. This extraordinary trek is illustrated by 160 stunningly beautiful color photographs of the unknown landscapes, as well as travelers and local people. Accompanying the images is the authors' vivid description of their journey, which is especially evocative as it includes translated excerpts from Gelek's personal diary.
Tibet: A History by Van Schaik, Sam
Situated north of the Himalayas, Tibet is famous for its unique culture and its controversial assimilation into modern China. Yet Tibet in the 21st century can only be properly understood in the context of its extraordinary history.
Sam van Schaik brings the history of Tibet to life by telling the stories of the people involved, from the glory days of the Tibetan empire in the 7th century through to the present day. He explores the emergence of Tibetan Buddhism and the rise of the Dalai Lamas, Tibet's entanglement in the "Great Game" in the early 20th century, its submission to Chinese Communist rule in the 1950s, and the troubled times of recent decades.
Tibet sheds light on the country's complex relationship with China and explains often-misunderstood aspects of its culture, such as reborn lamas, monasteries and hermits, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, and the role of the Dalai Lama. Van Schaik works through the layers of history and myth to create a compelling narrative, one that offers readers a greater understanding of this important and controversial corner of the world.
Contemporary Visions In Tibetan Studies: Proceedings Of The First International Seminar Of Young Tibetologists by Dotson, Brandon; Kalsang Norbu Gurung Et Al.
From the early 1980s onward, the field of Tibetan studies has been transformed by the opening of Tibet to foreign researchers. In this volume of essays, contributions from promising young scholars, both Tibetan and non-Tibetan from across the globe, are divided evenly between essays that engage with the various modernities of Tibet, China and the diaspora on the one hand, and more classically oriented studies of history, culture and religion on the other. Here Tibetan tradition is scrutinized from without and within, sometimes upheld and sometimes revised. Reflecting the growth of the field and its movement away from assertions of Tibetan exceptionalism and towards cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural projects, many of the essays are problem-oriented, and their enquiries take them outside of the confines of the Tibetan cultural area and towards engagement with the wider world. With bibliography and index.
Mandala: Sacred Circle In Tibetan Buddhism by Brauen, Martin
Tantric Buddhism views the mandala as an allegory and symbol of man's relationship with the cosmos and uses it in meditation that is to lead to enlightenment. Numerous digital models of the mandala describe it structurally and elucidate this complex form of Tantric practice in understandable terms. This book by Martin Brauen is the updated new edition of the 1992 publication, which has long been out of print but is regarded as one of the most comprehensive works on the mandala. It contains texts, illustrations and tables that provide manifold approaches to and interpretations of this sacred symbol. With bibliography and index.
Tibet Unconquered: An Epic Struggle For Freedom by Wolff, Diane
In Tibet Unconquered, East Asia expert Diane Wolff explores the status of Tibet over 800 years of history. From the Mongol invasion to the emergence of the Dalai Lama, Wolff investigates the history of political and economic relations between China and Tibet. Looking to the long rule of Chinggis Khan as a model, she argues that by thinking in regional terms, both countries could usher in a new era of prosperity while maintaining their historical and cultural identities.
Wolff creates a forward-thinking blueprint for resolving the China-Tibet problem, grounded in the history of the region and the reality of today's political environment, that will guide both countries to peace.
Arrested Histories: Tibet, The Cia, And Memories Of A Forgotten War by Mcgranahan, Carole
In the 1950s, thousands of ordinary Tibetans rose up to defend their country and religion against Chinese troops. Their citizen army fought through 1974 with covert support from the Tibetan exile government and the governments of India, Nepal, and the United States. Decades later, the story of this resistance is only beginning to be told and has not yet entered the annals of Tibetan national history. In Arrested Histories, the anthropologist and historian Carole McGranahan shows how and why histories of this resistance army are "arrested" and explains the ensuing repercussions for the Tibetan refugee community.
Drawing on rich ethnographic and historical research, McGranahan tells the story of the Tibetan resistance and the social processes through which this history is made and unmade, and lived and forgotten in the present. Fulfillment of veterans' desire for recognition hinges on the Dalai Lama and "historical arrest," a practice in which the telling of certain pasts is suspended until an undetermined time in the future. In this analysis, struggles over history emerge as a profound pain of belonging. Tibetan cultural politics, regional identities, and religious commitments cannot be disentangled from imperial histories, contemporary geopolitics, and romanticised representations of Tibet. Moving deftly from armed struggle to nonviolent hunger strikes, and from diplomatic offices to refugee camps, Arrested Histories provides powerful insights into the stakes of political engagement and the cultural contradictions of everyday life.