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Buddhist Himalaya: Travels and Studies in Quest of the Origins and Nature of Tibetan Religion
By: Snellgrove, D.L.

Buddhist Himalaya

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Author: Snellgrove, D.L.
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9789745241411
Publication Date: 1957

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Product Code: 5171

This is a new and improved edition of an early work of the author, first published in 1957. In the preface to this second edition he draws attention to changes in interpretation and perspective which have quite properly taken place over the years, noting in particular comparisons with his Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, published thirty years later in 1987. While bearing in mind such changes, we, nevertheless, quote the original blurb much as it stands.-
The book begins with the earliest Buddhist period and describes the various developments which have led up to present-day Tibetan Buddhism. It is history of a rather suggestive kind in that it attempts to show Buddhism throughout from theTilbetan, Buddhism is largely of Indian origin, the account is mainly one of past cultural contacts between India and Tibet, either direct or with Nepal as intermediary. It is in Himalayan regions that we must seek thec ultural and arch'ological traces of past contacts, and here also that we meet with the active influence of Ti.betan religion in districts that have turned to the Tibetans for guidance now that Buddhism has all but disappeared in the land of its origins.
While the substance of such an account must be sound research, the inspiration has been provided by the author's own travels in these remote areas. In the present case he refers to his early travels in Spiti and Lahul, once an old part of Western Tibet, also in the district of Solu-Kumbu (Shar-Khumbu) in eastern Nepal and in the Nepal valley itself. Later travels have taken him to the Tibetan-speaking regions of north-western Nepal, to Bhutan, and to Ladakh and Zangskar.
His work over the years has been based in the School of Oriental African Studies (London). He is Doctor of Literature in the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of the British Academy and Professor Emeritus of the University of London.

Buddhist Himalaya, David Snellgrove, Himalayan Book Sellers, 345 pp,
86 illustrations, $35.00

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