The Tibetans

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 5, 2013 - Social Science - 384 pages
This book provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to Tibet, its culture and history.
  • A clear and comprehensive overview of Tibet, its culture and history.
  • Responds to current interest in Tibet due to continuing publicity about Chinese rule and growing interest in Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Explains recent events within the context of Tibetan history.
  • Situates Tibet in relation to other Asian civilizations through the ages.
  • Draws on the most recent scholarly and archaeological research.
  • Introduces Tibetan culture – particularly social institutions, religious and political traditions, the arts and medical lore.
  • An epilogue considers the fragile position of Tibetan civilization in the modern world.

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This is a wonderful book about the history of Tibet, and insofar as I can tell, unique. I have been doing a lot of reading on Tibet, it's art, history and culture, and that is a difficult task, due to ... Read full review


List of Figures
Prehistory and Early Legends
The Tsenpos Imperial Dominion
The Rule of the Dalai Lamas
Tibetan Society
Religious Life and Thought
Tantrism and Yoga
The Sites of Knowledge
Tibet in the Modern World
Spellings of Tibetan Names and Terms

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About the author (2013)

Matthew T. Kapstein is Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago and Director of Tibetan Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris. His recent publications include The Presence of Light (2004), Reason’s Traces (2001), The Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhism (2000) and Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet (1998).

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