The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: Its Fundamentals and History

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Wisdom Publications, Sep 1, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 1584 pages
Two treatises, Fundamentals of the Nyingma School and the History of the Nyingma School, are among the most widely read of all His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's works. Composed during the years immediately following his arrival in India as a refugee, these treatises were intended to preserve the precise structure of the Nyingma philosophical view within its own historical and cultural context. "The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, " the first English translation of these treatises, constitutes the most complete work of its type in the West. Beautifully presented, this single-volume edition features illustrations in black and white and in color, plus maps, bibliographic information, and useful annotations. The book includes chronologies and glossaries that elucidate Buddhist doctrine, and provides fascinating insights into the Buddhist history of Tibet.

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About the author (2002)

Dorje holds a PhD in Tibetan Literature and a Masters degree in Sanskrit with Oriental Studies. For over 30 years he has been engaged in both classical and modern Tibetan studies, translating primary sources and conducting fieldwork throughout the Tibetan plateau. Following more than ten years residence among Tibetan communities of North India and Nepal, he led 42 expeditions and cultural tours to the Utsang, Kham, Amdo and Gyarong regions of Tibet.

Matthew T. Kapstein is the Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies in the Divinity School of the University of Chicago and directeur d'etudes at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris. He is the coauthor of "The Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhism: Conversion, Contestation, and Memory and "Reason's Traces: Identity and Interpretation in Indian and Tibetan Buddhist Thought.

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