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The Tibetans. Malden, Mass. This general introduction to Tibet and Tibetans is grounded in the latest scholarly research but very much has the nonspecialist reader in mind. Yet, despite or possibly because of the overwhelming amount of information available, Tibet and Tibetans are not widely understood.

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The Tibetans. Malden, Mass. This general introduction to Tibet and Tibetans is grounded in the latest scholarly research but very much has the nonspecialist reader in mind. Yet, despite or possibly because of the overwhelming amount of information available, Tibet and Tibetans are not widely understood.

The country emerged into history as late as the closing quarter of the sixth century B. Imperialism made its appearance with the famous ruler Songtsen Gampo c. Significantly, it was also during this era that Tibet and China came first into military conflict. This role really belongs to King Tri Songdetsen c. He is said to have invited Shantarakshita and Padmasambhava, two highly esteemed teachers and adepts of Indian Buddhism.

After Tri Songdetsen, the Tibetan empire continued to expand for a short time and then disintegrated gradually, punctuated by a series of uprisings, in the ninth century. A certain cultural renaissance occurred toward the end of the tenth century coinciding with the arrival of the renowned Buddhist master Atisha , but political fragmentation remained a problem until the late thirteenth century.

Kapstein admirable disentangles for us, as much as this is possible from the source materials, the rather tangled history of Tibet, especially its political connection with the Chinese civilization. He also sheds important light on the equally tangled history of the various Tibetan Buddhist orders whose conflicts seem to have been mostly politically rather than doctrinally motivated. His explanations are helpful in understanding some of the intricate issues associated with the institution of the hitherto fourteen Dalai Lamas.

All this will be found quite sobering by those who indulge in a romanticized version of Tibet as a Shangri-la. Buddhism has failed to root out rivalry, political intrigue, corruption, murder, and even armed conflict. Kapstein spends considerable space on the history of the Dalai Lamas without whom we cannot possibly understand the history of Tibet, as it has unfolded in the period after the fifteenth century. In the twentieth century, two events proved singularly fateful for Tibet.

The first was the isolated rule of the thirteenth Dalai Lama and his death in , which left the country highly vulnerable at a most critical time. Tibetans in Tibet continue to suffer, and many expatriates either miss their homeland and their old ways or are struggling to come to terms with their expatriate existence in India and elsewhere in the world. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any form requires prior permission from Traditional Yoga Studies. Bookmark the permalink.

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