By E. Gene Smith

Between Tibetan Texts is a part of Wisdom‘s acclaimed reviews in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism sequence. for 3 many years, E. Gene Smith ran the Library of Congress‘s Tibetan textual content ebook undertaking (PL480)-an attempt to salvage and reprint the Tibetan literature that were accrued 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 speedy turned mythical, and shortly photocopied collections have been passed from student to student, attaining a nearly cult prestige. those essays are accrued the following for the 1st time. The effect of Smith‘s learn at the educational learn of Tibetan literature has been great, either for his striking skill to synthesize assorted fabrics into coherent money owed of Tibetan literature, background, and spiritual notion, and for the exemplary severe scholarship he dropped at this box.

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The great religious trend during the nineteenth century was toward tolerance, understanding, and synthesis. This nonsectarian movement represented a reaction to the religious rivalry and persecution that marred so much of Tibetan history; it sought to reorient Tibetan religious life to the higher ideals and mutual understanding that had been the rule with the greater teachers of the past. The center of the nonsectarian movement was Sde dge, the intellectual and artistic heart of eastern Tibet. One of the primary factors in the movement's development at that particular time and place seems to have been the tragedy in the Sde dge ruling family produced by sectarian hatred.

She was a fervent patron of the Rnying rna pa, especially of 'Jigs med gling pa and Rdo ba Grub chen. During her brief eight-year regency, blocks for the twenty-six Tht Autobiography of Mkhan po Ngag dga' volume Rnying ma'i rgyud 'bum, the nine-volume Gsung 'bum of 'Jigs med gling pa, and a number of the works of Klong chen pa were carved. In 1798 this favoritism led to an open civil rebellion in which the Rnying rna pa faction was defeated. The queen and Rdo ba Grub chen, who was reputed to be her lover, were first imprisoned and later exiled.

His Deb thtr sngon po is one of the masterpieces ofTibetan historical writing. 'Gos Lo tsa ba followed both the "Old" and "New" Tantras. He was the guru of both the Seventh Zhwa nag Karma pa, Chos grags rgya mtsho (1454-1506), and the Fourth Zhwa dmar, Chos grags ye shes (1453-1524). Many of the most important of the Rnying rna pa teachings also passed through him. 'Gos Lo tsa ba presents in the Dtb thtr sngon po a brilliantly reasoned defense of the Rnying rna pa tradition. He criticizes Bu ston, who was largely responsible for the elimination of the Rnying rna pa tantras from the Bka' gyur, by noting that this great scholastic had included in his catalog to the Bstan gyur Vajrahasa's Guhyasamajafika, which quotes extensively from the Tht Autobiography ofMkhan po Ngag dga' Guhyamiila Tantra, a text that he had rejected from the Bka' gyur as spurious.

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