Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

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Shambhala, Dec 25, 2007 - Religion - 504 pages
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This is the most comprehensive and authoritative introduction to Tibetan Buddhism available to date, covering a wide range of topics, including history, doctrines, meditation, practices, schools, religious festivals, and major figures. The revised edition contains expanded discussions of recent Tibetan history and tantra and incorporates important new publications in the field. Beginning with a summary of the Indian origins of Tibetan Buddhism and how it eventually was brought to Tibet, it explores Tibetan Mahayana philosophy and tantric methods for personal transformation. The four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as Bn, are explored in depth from a nonsectarian point of view. This new and expanded edition is a systematic and wonderfully clear presentation of Tibetan Buddhist views and practices.
 

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The best single-volume introduction to Tibetan Buddhist practice and culture. Powers (religion, Wright State Univ.) includes a clear explanation of each of the four schools: Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, and Geluk. Read full review

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Contents

Buddhism in India
31
The Buddhas Life and Lives
34
Epilogue
56
Some Important Buddhist Doctrines
63
Appearance and Reality
71
Meditation
81
Stabilizing and Analytical Meditation
85
The Five Buddhist Paths
91
The Four Classes of Tantra
279
The Preliminary Practices
294
The Fourteen Root Downfalls
315
Death and Dying in Tibetan Buddhism
325
Exoteric and Esoteric Traditions
330
The Bardo Process
341
Tibetan Rituals of Death and Dying
348
The Four Orders
355

Mahāyāna
101
Mahāyāna Doctrines
105
The Bodhisattva Path
113
Tibetan Religious History
137
The Early History of Tibet
139
The Period of the Religious Kings
144
The Second Dissemination of Buddhism
155
Mongol Influence and Sakya Supremacy
159
The Glukpa Ascent to Power
163
The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
169
The Twentieth Century
181
The Fourteenth Dalai Lama
187
The Interregnum Period
195
The Fourteenth Dalai Lama Assumes Power
197
The Chinese Occupation of Tibet
205
Religious Festivals and Holy Days
219
The ButterSculpture Festival of Kumbum
222
Sacred Dance
226
Other Religious Festivals
228
Common Elements in Tibetan Religious Ceremonies
229
Geography and Architecture
233
Construction of Religious Structures
236
Stpas
242
Tantra
249
Tantra As a Branch of Mahāyāna
257
Tantric Symbols
262
Entering Tantric Practice
267
The Nonsectarian Movement
359
Nyingma
367
The Nine Vehicles
375
Hidden Treasures
378
Dzogchen
383
Kagyu
399
Meditation Practices
405
Sakya
433
The Development and Dissemination of Sakya Doctrines and Practices
437
Sakya Becomes a Political Force
442
The Sakya Monastic Order
445
Path and Result
447
Gluk
467
The Glukpa Monastic System
477
The Stages of the Path
481
Bn A Heterodox System
497
Bn Teachings and Practices
500
Chronology of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism
515
Lexicon of Buddhist Terms
521
EnglishTibetanSanskrit Glossary
529
Select Bibliography
561
Indexes
577
Proper Names
584
Titles of Works Mentioned
589
Locations
590
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John Powers is professor of Asian Studies at Australian National University. He is the author of 16 books and more than 50 academic articles.

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