E. Gene Smith's Among Tibetan Texts: History and Literature of the Himalayan PDF

By E. Gene Smith

ISBN-10: 0861711793

ISBN-13: 9780861711796

Between Tibetan Texts is a part of Wisdom‘s acclaimed reports in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism sequence. for 3 many years, E. Gene Smith ran the Library of Congress‘s Tibetan textual content book venture (PL480)-an attempt to salvage and reprint the Tibetan literature that were gathered by way of groups and exiles of Sikkim, Bhutan, India, and Nepal. Smith wrote prefaces to those reprinted books to assist make clear and contextualize the actual Tibetan texts: the prefaces served as tough orientations to a poorly understood physique of overseas literature. initially produced in print amounts of 20, those prefaces speedy turned mythical, and shortly photocopied collections have been passed from student to pupil, reaching a nearly cult prestige. those essays are amassed the following for the 1st time. The influence of Smith‘s learn at the educational examine of Tibetan literature has been super, either for his outstanding skill to synthesize varied fabrics into coherent money owed of Tibetan literature, background, and non secular inspiration, and for the exemplary serious scholarship he delivered to this box.

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Klong chen pa himself has characterized his Rang gro/ skor gsum as an introduction to the essential meaning of the precepts belonging to the mental class. 89 The chief canonical sources for the teachings and practice of the mental class {sems sde) include the Kun byed rgya/ po. 90 Klong chen Rab 'byams pa and His Works This treatise of the immortal Klong chen Rab 'byams pa Dri med 'od zer constitutes the sixth section in most editions of his Gsung thor bu. There are xylographic editions of the Gsung thor bu from Sde dge in Khams and from Zur khang in Lhasa.

Kazi has reproduced a careful manuscript of the Rang gro/ skor gsum, the Self Liberation Trilogy. 87 The most treasured methods of Rnying rna pa contemplation center around the Rdzogs chen system. The Rdzogs chen teachings belong to that broad group known as precepts (man ngag, Skt. upadefa), 88 tried and tested instructions bestowed by authentic tantric gurus. The efficacy of these precepts rests in their relevance to any given disciple into three classes: the mental class (sems sde), the expanse class (klong sde), and the precept class (man ngag sde).

The other great incarnations ofKaJ:t thog are Situ, Dge nse, Rmor tsha, Dgon rnying, Dbon po, and 'Brug grags dgon lag. This monastery specialized in scholarship, and its abbots (mkhan po) and teachers included some of the greatest scholars in Tibetan intellectual history, such as Rig 'dzin Tshe dbang nor bu (1698-1755) and Dge nse Pal)4ita 'Gyur med tshe dbang mchog grub {late eighteenth-early nineteenth century). Two dates have been put forward for the founding of Opal yul: 163213 and 1665. 14 The founder was Rig 'dzin Kun bzang shes rab, a disciple of Karma chags med and the Fifth Dalai Lama, at whose behest Opal yul was founded.

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