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A concise introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

Call Number

  • 294 P888.1 (CEN)

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Publication Information

Ithaca, N.Y. : Snow Lion Publications, 2008.

Physical Description

165 p. ; 23 cm.


  • The Indian background
  • Origins of Tibetan Buddhism
  • The Buddha
  • The Buddha's teaching career
  • Mahayana
  • Origins
  • Mahayana doctrines
  • The bodhisattva path
  • Some important Buddhist doctrines
  • Karma and rebirth
  • Dependent arising
  • Meditation
  • The role of meditation in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism
  • Stabilizing and analytical meditation
  • The five Buddhist paths
  • Tantra
  • The place of the Tantras in Buddhist literature
  • Tantra as a branch of Mahayana
  • Tantric symbols
  • Entering Tantric practice
  • The four classes of Tantra
  • The preliminary practices
  • Death and dying in Tibetan Buddhism
  • Tibetan religious history
  • Tibet: geography and environment
  • The early history of Tibet
  • The period of the religious kings
  • The second dissemination of Buddhism
  • Mongol influence and Sakya supremacy
  • The Gelukpa ascent to power
  • The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
  • The twentieth century
  • Foreign conflicts
  • The fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • The interregnum period
  • The fourteenth Dalai Lama assumes power
  • The Chinese occupation of Tibet
  • The four orders
  • Similarities and differences
  • The nonsectarian movement
  • Nyingma
  • Sakya
  • Kagyu
  • Geluk.

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