Among Tibetan Texts: History and Literature of the Himalayan by E. Gene Smith

By E. Gene Smith

Between Tibetan Texts is a part of Wisdom‘s acclaimed reviews in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism sequence. for 3 a long time, 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 accrued via 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 international literature. initially produced in print amounts of 20, those prefaces fast turned mythical, and shortly photocopied collections have been passed from pupil to pupil, reaching a nearly cult prestige. those essays are accrued the following for the 1st time. The influence of Smith‘s learn at the educational examine of Tibetan literature has been great, either for his amazing skill to synthesize diversified fabrics into coherent money owed of Tibetan literature, background, and non secular suggestion, and for the exemplary severe scholarship he dropped at this box.

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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).

In 1798 this favoritism led to an open civil rebellion in which the Rnying rna pa faction was defeated. The queen and Rdo ba Grub chen, who was reputed to be her lover, were first imprisoned and later exiled. A number of the Rnying rna pa partisans were executed or forced to flee. These depressing events had a formative influence on the development of the eclectic approach that should not be underestimated. The twelve-year-old prince became the nominal ruler and was placed under the tutelage of teachers with anti-Rnying rna pa views.

The actual responsibility, however, belonged to the house ofZur khang. 91 The manuscript that has been reproduced in volume four of the Ngagyur Nyingmay Sungrab is apparently a copy of a separate edition of this section prepared through the efforts of one 'Gro 'dul dpa' bo rdo rje, a Rnying rna pa lama. The benedictory verses were penned by Thub bstan snyan grags, the lama's disciple. The blocks themselves seem to date from the last years of the nineteenth century or first decades of the twentieth century.

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