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Kathmandu Valley as a Water Pot
Abstracts of research papers on Newar Buddhism in Nepal
By: Kazumi Yoshizaki

Kathmandu Valley as a Water Pot

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Author: Kazumi Yoshizaki
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9789937506748
Publication Date: 2012

Product Code: 18555

"This book is a collection of abstracts of my papers on Newar Buddhism in Nepal, which I have published over these past 25 years. I am aware that it would be desirable to completely rewrite these papers in light of the latest scholarship throughout the world. But I'm afraid that it would become too bulky a volume. I didn't wish to publish anything too large in size, so I restricted my citations of the latest studies to a minimum. In fact, I omitted many important works in order to summarize my papers. I hope they will be referred to in the development of discussion. I visited the Valley of Kathmandu for the first time in 1985 to research the Newar Buddhist manuscripts. Everything that I saw there fascinated me at once. I was surprised by their festivals, manners and customs, and especially their Buddhist rituals. Many questions rushed at me one after another. I asked myself, "what is the real aim of their performances?" My papers were produced to help me arrive at my own answers, although some questions remain insoluble. I know that my papers are lacking in certain considerations, and I alone am responsible for any errors of fact, interpretation, or omission. I believe that they will be corrected through discussions with my friends in Nepal and other countries. They will make good their arguments. I will be happy if my struggle to interpret the Newar Buddhist rituals is any help in bearing fresh fruit. My fieldwork in the Valley was carried out from February 1985 to January 1989. Of these four years, two years were supported by Educational Ministry of Japan. Since then, I've had some subsequent opportunities to revisit the Valley. During my stay in the Valley, I was lucky enough to ask for a lot of invaluable advice from Gurus and friends of the Newars. I couldn't make up my mind in grappling with my questions about Newar Buddhism without their support." Preface of Kathmandu Valley as a Water Pot

Kathmandu Valley as a Water Pot: Abstracts of research papers on Newar Buddhism in Nepal, Kazumi Yoshizaki, Vajra Publications, Paperback, 171 pages, 2012, $17.50

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