The imperialist ambitions of China – which invaded Tibet in the late 1940s – have sparked the spectacular spread of Tibetan Buddhism worldwide, and especially in western countries. This work is a study on the malleability of a particular Buddhist tradition; on its adaptability in new contexts. The book analyses the nature of the Tibetan Buddhism in the Diaspora. It examines how the re-signification of Tibetan Buddhist practices and organizational structures in the present refers back to the dismantlement of the Tibetan state headed by the Dalai Lama and the fragmentation of Tibetan Buddhist religious organizations in general. It includes extensive multi-sited fieldwork conducted in the United States, Brazil, Europe, and Asia and a detailed analysis of contemporary documents relating to the global spread of Tibetan Buddhism. The author demonstrates that there is a "de-institutionalized" and "de-territorialized" project of political power and religious organization, which, among several other consequences, engenders the gradual "autonomization" of lamas and lineages inside the religious field of Tibetan Buddhism. Thus, a spectre of these previous institutions continues to exist outside their original contexts, and they are continually activated in ever-new settings. Using a combination of two different academic traditions – namely, the Brazilian anthropological tradition and the American Buddhist studies tradition – it investigates the "process of cultural re-signification" of Tibetan Buddhism in the context of its Diaspora. Thus, it will be a valuable resource to students and scholars of Asian Religion, Asian Studies and Buddhism.
Through ten contributions written by specialists, Revisiting Rituals in a Changing Tibetan World examines the changes rituals have undergone in Tibet, Nepal and Mongolia in the wake of political and socio-cultural upheavals.
A personal assistant to the late poet, scholar, and master of Tibetan Buddhism chronicles in words, photographs, and passages from Khyentse Rinpoche's writings, his journey with his mentor through Tibet, Bhutan, India, and Nepal.
Author: Victor Chan
Publisher: Editions Olizane
Cet ouvrage est sans contexte le guide le plus complet écrit à ce jour sur le Tibet. Outre une introduction indispensable à la compréhension du bouddhisme tantrique, l'ouvrage comprend 60 itinéraires de trekking et de pèlerinage vers des destinations sacrées, telles que la vallée des Rois à Chongye et le lac Lhamo Latso. En plus de nombreux renseignements pratiques en tous genres, ce guide comprend plus de 200 cartes et plans et des chapitres consacrés à l'histoire et à l'art tibétains avec une riche présentation de l'iconographie bouddhique tibétaine. Un chapitre détaillé est également consacré à la langue tibétaine parlée, comprenant un glossaire indispensable au voyageur individuel.
Author: Robert DOMPNIER
Publisher: Editions Olizane
Ce récit constitue une introduction passionnante au Bhoutan, ce petit royaume qui a osé placer le bonheur dans ses valeurs cardinales. Les rares touristes qui s’y rendent sont immanquablement charmés par la découverte d’un pays coloré ayant su préserver un environnement culturel et naturel de toute beauté. Robert Dompnier rapporte ici le témoignage de ses nombreux voyages jusque dans les coins les plus reculés du Bhoutan. Au-delà des paysages somptueux ou de l’architecture typique des dzong, l’auteur se lie aux habitants eux-mêmes, bergers, paysans, ministres ou membres de la famille royale, et fait partager au lecteur la richesse de ces rencontres. D’histoires en anecdotes, ce récit nous entraîne sur les chemins escarpés du Bhoutan où, à l’ombre des monastères-forteresses, le 21e siècle a une saveur bien différente qu’en Occident.
Author: Christoph Baumer, Therese Weber
The first study dedicated solely to the culture of Eastern Tibet, the cradle of Tibetan culture. The thoroughly researched text is the result of fieldwork conducted by both authors over a period of several years. The brilliant and inspiring images
Highly respected by thousands of students throughout the world, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was one of the foremost poets, scholars, philosophers, and meditation masters of our time. Here he speaks frankly, drawing on his own life experience. Condensing the compassionate path to Buddhahood into practical instructions that use the circumstances of everyday life, Rinpoche presents the Seven-Point Mind Training—the very core of the entire Tibetan Buddhist practice.
Author: Maggy Whitehouse
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Accompanied by a definitive reference on kabbalistic vocabulary and concepts, a thorough, accessible guide introduces the ancient mystical principles and practices of the Kabbalah, explains how to apply them in every aspect of one's life, and includes practical techniques for prayer and meditation, easy-to-read charts and diagrams, and more. Original. 15,000 first printing.
The Wish-fulfilling Jewel
Author: Rab-gsal-zla-ba (Dis-mgo Mkhyen-brtse), Konchog Tenzin
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
Wolf Haas' Detective Brenner series has become wildly popular around the world for a reason: They're timely, edgy stories told in a wry, quirky voice that's often hilarious, and with a protagonist it's hard not to love. In this episode, Brenner-forced out of the police force-tries to get away from detective work by taking a job as the personal chauffeur for two-year-old Helena, the daughter of a Munich construction giant and a Viennese abortion doctor. One day, while Brenner's attention is turned to picking out a chocolate bar for Helena at a gas station, Helena gets snatched from the car. Abruptly out of a job, Brenner decides to investigate her disappearance on his own. With both parents in the public eye, there's no scarcity of leads-the father's latest development project has spurred public protest, and the mother's clinic has been targeted by the zealous leader of an anti-abortion group. Brenner and God is told with a dark humor that leaves no character, including Brenner, unscathed. Haas tells the story of a fallible hero who can be indecisive and world-weary, baffled and disillusioned by what he finds, but who presses forward nonetheless out of a stubborn sense of decency-a two-year-old is kidnapped, so you find her, because that's just what you do.
Author: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Rab-Gsal-Zla-Ba
Why is the practice of guru yoga (union with the nature of the guru) so important?
25th Anniversary Edition Over 3 Million Copies Sold 'I couldn't give this book a higher recommendation' BILLY CONNOLLY Written by the Buddhist meditation master and popular international speaker Sogyal Rinpoche, this highly acclaimed book clarifies the majestic vision of life and death that underlies the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It includes not only a lucid, inspiring and complete introduction to the practice of meditation, but also advice on how to care for the dying with love and compassion, and how to bring them help of a spiritual kind. But there is much more besides in this classic work, which was written to inspire all who read it to begin the journey to enlightenment and so become 'servants of peace'.
Clear instructions on the foundation practices that illuminate the heart of tantric practice.
The Guru Drinks Bourbon?
Author: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
Devotion to one’s teacher is the lifeblood of the Vajrayana path. Because the guru can and will use whatever means it takes to wake us up, this relationship may require us to drop our most deeply held beliefs and expectations. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse addresses some of the most misunderstood aspects of this powerful relationship and gives practical advice on making the most of this precious opportunity for transformation. Through stories and classical examples, he shows how to walk the path with eyes wide open, with critical-thinking skills sharpened and equipped to analyze the guru, before taking the leap.