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Rin-chen-bzan-po and the Renaissance of Buddhism in Tibet
By: Tucci, Giuseppe
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Rinchen Zangpo and the Renaissance of Buddhism in Tibet around the Millenium
The volume is a detailed study of Rin-chen-bzan-po, the key figure in the Later Spread of Dharma after its persecution by Glan-dar-ma in A.D. 901. Due to him it first appeared in Mnah-ris and later on spread to Dbus and Gtsan. He is famous for his translations of both the sutras and tantras, and extensive explanations of the Prajnaparamita.
While Buddhism spread anew with greater purity and its understanding deepened by the new sutras and tantras, Rin-chen-bzan-po realised that the translations of sacred texts alone would not do, and to irradiate the faith temples would have to be built and would also have to be attractive to draw people. He brought with him artists and craftsmen from Kashmir to embellish temples newly built all over the country. The temples at Tabo, Tsaparang, Tholing, and elsewhere in Western Tibet bear clear evidence of the craftsmanship of Kashmiri masters. The murals of Man-nan temple are the only surviving frescos of the Kashmiri idiom known today. There is a sharp distinction between the school of Guge and the school of Central Tibet, inspite of the same spiritual world. While Guge leaned on Kashmir because of geographic proximity, Central Tibetan schools were influenced by the Pala and Nepalese idiom.
A Tibetan manuscript of his biography has been reproduced at the end of the volume.
It is an indispensable book for the evolution of Tibetan Buddhism in general, its Renaissance around the millenium, and also for Kashmiri art transmitted to western Tibet where it finally blossomed under the patronage of the kings of Guge.
Rin-chen-bzan-po, Giuseppe Tucci, Aditya, Hardcover, 120 pp., $15.95
Prof. Giuseeppe Tucci is the doyen of modern scientific studies of Tibetan art and thought, history and literature. He was for many years Professor of Religions and Philosophies of India and the Far Est at the Universiety of Rome. He also taught at universities in India. Professor Tucci made several visits to Nepal and has been on eight expeditions to Western and Central Tibet, collecting historical, artistic and literary materials. His scientific expeditions resulted in many historical books, like the Tibetan Painted Schools and the seven volumes of Indo-Tibetica in Italian.
1. Historical background.
2. The importance of Rin-chen-bzan-po as lotsava.
3. Rin-chen-bzan-po as a builder of temples.
4. The conditions of Buddhism at the time of Rin-chen-bzan-po.
5. The dynasties of western Tibet as patrons of Buddhism.
6. The schools assembled around Rin-chen-bzan-po.
7. The sources concerning Rin-chen-bzan-po and their historic value.
8. Rin-chen-bzan-po and his school according to the deb-ther.
9. Rin-chen-bzan-po and his school according to Padma-dkar-po.
10. Religious exchange between Tibet and India.
11. The Collaborators of Rin-chen-bzan-po and their translations.
12. Synchronisms between translations and translators.
13. The rnam-thar of Rin-chen-bzan-po.
14. Travel to India and the itinerary that he followed.
15. Construction of the three principal temples.
16. Another trip to India.
17. New activities of Rin-chen-bzan-po.
18. Works of art and books deposited in the temples.
19. Other religious foundations attributed to Rin-chen-bzan-po.
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