Tibetan Buddhism: A Very Sh08rt Introduction
Tibetan Buddhism: A Very Sh08rt Introduction by Matthew T. Kapstein
English | October 25, 2013 | ISBN: 0199735123, ASIN: B00EKJ2ZKA | AZW3 | 152 pages | 1.6 MB
The Tibetan Buddhist tradition has known over thirteen centuries of continuous development. During that time, it has spread among the neighb08ring peoples - the Mongol, Himalayan, 4nd Siberian peoples, Manchus 4nd Chinese. At its height is has been practiced in regions as far west as the Volga river 4nd to the east in Beijing. Its capacity f08r creative adaptation is demonstrated by its recent growth in Europe 4nd America. At the same time, it is at the center of political contestation in ethnically Tibetan regions of China, while its best known exponent, the Dalai Lama, has become one of the most admired religious leaders in the w08rld today. But what does this religion teach? Just what is the position of the Dalai Lama, 4nd how will his succession be assured? Is it true that Tibetan Buddhism in entirely suppressed in China?
Scholar Matthew Kapstein offers a brief account responding to these questions 4nd m08re in this Very Sh08rt Introduction, in terms that are accessible to students, general readers, journalists, 4nd others who are curious to learn the most essential features of Tibetan Buddhist hist08ry, teachings, 4nd practice.