Sources of Tibetan Tradition by Kurtis SchaefferSources of Tibetan Tradition by Kurtis Schaeffer

Sources of Tibetan Tradition

EditorKurtis Schaeffer, Matthew T. Kapstein, Gray Tuttle

Paperback | March 26, 2013

Pricing and Purchase Info

$57.21 online 
$59.00 list price
Earn 286 plum® points

Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


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.

Kurtis R. Schaeffer is professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Culture of the Book in Tibet and Himalayan Hermitess: The Life of a Tibetan Buddhist Nun. With Gray Tuttle, he is coeditor of The Tibetan History Reader.Matthew T. Kapstein is director of Tibetan Stu...
Title:Sources of Tibetan TraditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:856 pagesPublished:March 26, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231135998

ISBN - 13:9780231135993

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsTranscription and Transliteration ConventionsList of ContributorsDates in Tibetan History and Key Events in Neighboring LandsMapsPART ONE. Political Expansion and the Beginnings of Tibetan Buddhist Culture (Seventh to Tenth Centuries)1. Tibet in Medieval Chinese2. Imperial Records from Dunhuang3. Imperial Edicts from Central and Far Eastern Tibet4. Institutions and Knowledge Under the Tibetan Empire5. Early Religion and the Beginnings of BuddhismPART TWO. Tibet in Fragments: From Empire to Monastic Principalities (Eleventh to Twelfth Centuries)6. Renewal and Rediscovery: The Later Diffusion of Buddhism and the Response of the "Ancients"7. The Proliferation of New Lineages8. The Bön Tradition9. The Development of Medical TraditionPART THREE. The Age of Monastic and Aristocratic Hegemonies: The Florescence of Tibetan Culture (Thirteenth to Sixteenth Centuries)10. Elaborating the Narratives of Tibetan Antiquity11. Historians and Historical Documents of the Thirteenth to Sixteenth Centuries12. Explorations of Buddhist Doctrine13. Literary Developments14. Writings on Death and Dying15. The Growth of the Arts and SciencesPART FOUR. The Age of Centralization: The Rise of the Ganden Government and the Period of Its Bid for Cultural Hegemony (Seventeenth to Twentieth Centuries)16. The Beginnings of the Gandenpa School17. The Fifth Dalai Lama and the Ganden Government18. Aristocrats19. Religious and Political Developments in Eastern Tibet20. Encountering Other Cultures21. Religious Writers in Amdo and KhamPART FIVE. Expanding Horizons in the Early Twentieth Century22. Early Twentieth-Century Tibetan Encounters with the West23. Tibetans Addressing Modern Political IssuesCreditsFor Further ReadingIndex 06_scha13598_00_toc.doc: viii

Editorial Reviews

This volume is a great achievement and a testament to the hard work of its editors and contributors.... Students and other readers wishing to obtain an overview of the contemporary field of Tibetan Studies could not do better.