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  Religions of Tibet in Practice
By: Lopez




 
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Author: Lopez
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 691011834

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"Religions of Tibet in Practice" is a landmark work, the first major anthology on the topic ever produced. It presents a stunning array of works (hagiographies, pilgrimage guides, prayers, accounts of visits to hell, epics, consecration manuals, sermons, and exorcism texts) that together offer an unparalleled view of the realities of those who have inhabited the Tibetan cultural domain over the centuries. The volume provides a wealth of voices that together lead to a new and more nuanced understanding of the religions of Tibet.
The thirty-six chapters are testimony to the vast scope of religious practice in the Tibetan world, past and present, offering works heretofore unknown. The chapters are organized thematically under five headings: "Accounts of Time and Place," Remarkable Lives," "Rites and Techniques," "Prayers and Sermons," and "Dealing with Death and other Demons." They juxtapose materials from different sects, historical periods, and geographical regions in an attempt to broaden the range of what we understand the religious practices of Tibet to encompass. Each chapter contains a translation and a substantial yet accessible introduction by a leading scholar of Tibetan religions. "Religions of Tibet in Practice" represents the largest sourcebook on Tibetan religions ever assembled, a work of great value to scholars, students, and general readers.


Religions of Tibet in Practice, Lopez, Princeton Paperbacks, 560 pages, $22.95
Note on Transliteration
Contributors
Introduction3
1Gesar of Ling39
2The Royal Way of Supreme Compassion69
3A Tribal History77
4Bon Rescues Dharma98
5The Guide to the Crystal Peak103
6Guidebook to Lapchi120
7The Life of Tilopa137
8Atisa's Journey to Tibet157
9The Journey to the Golden Mountain178
10A Quest for "The Path and Result"188
11The Yogin Lorepa's Retreat at Lake Namtso200
12Memories of a Past Life212
13A Rite of Empowerment225
14The Horseback Consecration Ritual234
15An Offering of Torma255
16An Avalokitesvara Sadhana266
17A Fasting Ritual271
18Food, Clothes, Dreams, and Karmic Propensities293
19The Elements, Insanity, and Lettered Subjectivity313
20The Regulations of a Monastery335
21The Sermon of an Itinerant Saint355
22From the Autobiography of a Visionary369
23A Prayer to the Lama376
24A Prayer to the God of the Plain387
25Invocations to Two Bon Deities395
26A Smoke Purification Song401
27Daily Prayers406
28Mindfulness of Death421
29A Prayer for Deliverance from Rebirth442
30Dying, Death, and Other Opportunities458
31Cards for the Dead494
32Returning from Hell499
33Exorcising Demons with a Buddhist Sutra511
34Turning Back Gossip527
35Hail Protection538
36A Prayer Flag for Tara548
Index553

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