Among Tibetan Texts: History and Literature of the Himalayan by E. Gene Smith

By E. Gene Smith

Between Tibetan Texts is a part of Wisdom‘s acclaimed reports in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism sequence. for 3 many years, E. Gene Smith ran the Library of Congress‘s Tibetan textual content book venture (PL480)-an attempt to salvage and reprint the Tibetan literature that were gathered by means of groups and exiles of Sikkim, Bhutan, India, and Nepal. Smith wrote prefaces to those reprinted books to aid make clear and contextualize the actual Tibetan texts: the prefaces served as tough orientations to a poorly understood physique of international literature. initially produced in print amounts of 20, those prefaces fast grew to become mythical, and shortly photocopied collections have been passed from student to pupil, attaining a virtually cult prestige. those essays are amassed the following for the 1st time. The effect of Smith‘s learn at the educational research of Tibetan literature has been large, either for his amazing skill to synthesize assorted fabrics into coherent money owed of Tibetan literature, background, and spiritual concept, and for the exemplary severe scholarship he delivered to this box.

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News of the Younghusband expedition reached Khams, and Ngag dga' writes laconically: "Although a host of foreign enemies appeared about that time, we were spared through the compassion of the protective deities of the esoteric teachings. "40 During the same period there were disturbances in the Nyag rong. G Ngag dga' occasionally mentions the frequent skirmishes between the Tibetan and Chinese forces in Khams. While this work is not especially interesting history, it provides us with numerous insights into the customs of the Khams pa villagers and herders.

He studied largely at Kal:t thog until 1900, when it was rumored that 'Ju Mi pham rgya mtsho was coming to teach at Rdzogs chen. Ngag dga' begged his teacher to allow him to go and hear the great scholar. Mi pham's arrival at Rdzogs chen was delayed, but Ngag dga' availed himself of the opportunities to study with other scholars there until about 1902. The next few years were occupied with contemplation and the beginning of his career as a teacher, first at Ljon pa lung and later at Rdzogs chen.

His teachers included the gttr ston Zhig po gling pa, Yongs 'dzin Ngag dbang grags pa, and Pad gling Thugs sras Zla ba rgyal mtshan. He bears the epithet Sog zlog pa because he was supposed to have defended his area from a Mongol expedition. His literary works include a history of Buddhism and the Ngts don 'brug sgra, a brilliant refutation of the critics of the Rnying rna pa sect. 10 The seventeenth century saw a sudden upsurge in the influence of the Rnying rna pa. With the end of domination of religious life by the Karma pa hierarchs and their Gtsang pa patrons, the fonunes of the Rnying rna pa rose along with those of the Dge lugs pa.

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