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Light of Kailash: A History of Zhang Zhung and Tibet, Volume 2 The Intermediate Period
By: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Light of Kailash

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Author: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Translator: Donatella Rossi
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9788878341326
Publication Date: 2013

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Volume 2 covers the History of the Intermediate Period: Tibet and Zhang Zhung. It is focused on the rise of human generations, the Bonpo lineages, the spread of Bon during the lifetimes of the first Tibetan kings, the dynasties, written language, and civilization of ancient Tibet, as well as on the reigns of specific kings, the Bon religion, and Bonpo religious figures (Dranpa Namkha in particular) of Zhang Zhung during that period.

Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, a great Dzogchen master but also former professor of Tibetan and Mongolian Language and Literature at the University of Naples L'Orientale, has dedicated his academic career to the study of Tibetan culture, and in particular, its origins. In his findings, the cradle of Tibetan culture is to be looked for in the ancient realm of Zhang Zhung, which had the revered Mount Kailash as its centre and heart, and in the Bon spiritual traditions which flourished within and spread from that kingdom.

The Light of Kailash, through meticulous selection and a critical use and analysis of a vast array of literary sources, offers an open, daring, holistic, unbiased approach to the study of the cultural and spiritual heritage of Tibet, and to the understanding of the origin of this fascinating and endangered civilization.

"Tibetan studies have a long and honoured history, though only in the second half of the last century did scholars begin to take an interest in the Tibetan Bonpo culture. The reasons for this delay lie primarily in the previous lack of access to textual sources, and in the prevalence of orthodox Buddhist views which not only greatly influenced the attitude of modern Bonpo adherents, but have also been adopted by Western scholars as the unquestioned basis for the study of Tibetan culture as a whole, resulting in a simplistic view, still maintained by some, according to which Tibet was a savage land before the adoption of Buddhism, even lacking a written language....The availability of extensive (new) literature has paved the way for a series of analytic cataloguing, research studies, field work, seminars, and so on, that have contributed dramatically to improve understanding about the Bon tradition as a whole. The Light of Kailash can be considered a highly significant contribution to this body of knowledge." Donatella Rossi.

Light of Kailash: A History of Zhang Zhung and Tibet, Volume Two The Intermediate Period , Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, Shang Shung Publications, Hardcover, 301 pp, $42.00

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