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Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism ➳ [Read] ➮ Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism By John Powers ➾ – The expanded edition of the classic reference one of Snow Lion's top ten bestsellers Thorough coverage of Tibetan Buddhism from its Indian origins to the present day; includes new information on the f The expanded edition of the classic reference one of Snow Lion's top ten bestsellers Thorough coverage of Tibetan Buddhism from its Indian origins to the present day; includes new information on the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism religious practices and festivals and the current political situation.

10 thoughts on “Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

  1. Michele Michele says:

    Ommmm I want to immerse myself in the robed peace of the Tibetan monks Here's a paraphrased excerpt from the Introduction of this book A lotus is born in the muck and mud at the bottom of a swamp but when it emerges on the surface of the water and opens its petals a beautiful flower appears unstained by the mud from which it arose Similarly genuine compassion arises from the muck of the ordinary world which is characterized by fighting hatred distrust anxiety and other negative emotions These emotions tend to cause people to become self centered and lead to suffering and negative thoughts and actions But just as the world is the locus of negative emotions it is also the place in which we can become buddhas enlightened beings who have awakened from the sleep of ignorance and who perceive reality as it is with absolute clarity and with profound compassion for suffering living beingsJust as the lotus arises from the mud of the swamp buddhas were formerly human beings immersed in the negative thoughts and actions in which all ordinary beings engage strife wars petty jealousies and hatreds Through meditative training however buddhas transcend such things and like the lotus they rise above their murky origins and are unsullied by the mud and mire below Like the lotus there are still roots that connect with the mud at the bottom for buddhas continue to act in the world for the benefit of others

  2. John John says:

    John Powers's Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism meets a genuine need in providing nonspecialist students of religion or Asian studies with an overview of this distinctive form of Buddhist belief and practice In clear and readable language the book mostly achieves its stated goal of being a systematic and wonderfully clear presentation of Tibetan Buddhist views and practices Powers begins with a survey of Buddhist history and doctrine with a focus on Mahāyāna philosophy This whole opening section of the book is very useful allowing as it does a reader new to Buddhism to pick up the work and be introduced to the tradition as a whole before moving on to consider its Tibetan manifestation What follows is a brief but informative survey of Tibetan history and a look at some of the holy days ceremonies and architectural settings of Tibetan Buddhist practicePart Three is it seems to me the heart of the book as it engages the distinctive teachings and practices of Tibetan Buddhism both in the context of wider Mahāyāna and in contradistinction to it Powers admirably clarifies the Tibetan understanding of the place of tantra in Buddhism and provides a very easily understood description of the major forms of tantric practice Chapter 10 Death and Dying in Tibetan Buddhism is admirable for the vividness with which it portrays the Tibetan Buddhist understanding of death in its metaphysical ontological and soteriological aspectsPart Four turns to the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism Here I think the book gets a bit bogged down in a surfeit of detail Brevity is not one of this section's virtues; indeed the author occasionally seems to repeat himself from chapter to chapter restating conceptions or doctrines already associated with one of the previously discussed schoolsThis Introduction is highly recommended to undergraduates in Religious Studies or Asian Studies to general readers with an interest in Asian religions or to academics needing a primer on Tibetan Buddhism

  3. Ryan Ryan says:

    Did not finish read until page 434 of 593I must confess until the fourth part came I was enjoying this uite contently It was a fascinating look into the history background and practices of a side of Buddhism I have; until fairly recently have all but ignored completely But as I came onto the section wherein a detailing of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism began I felt it slightly unnecessary Given as I began to notice soon thereafter it was virtually just retelling what was already said; but in the context of that school in uestion And what wasn't already said was really uite little usually only being 2 or 3 pages of material To top it all off I recently got a hoard of books on most if not all of the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism along with a few other interrelated texts on matters in and around the same subjects As a conseuence I found that what was being said could be said detailed in what I now had; so I decided to uitBut to simply tuck this away and forget about it as a book stained with eventual disappointment would be a mistake If this is all you have or can find as an introduction to Tibetan Buddhism go ahead; it's a good introduction and is saturated with references to other texts However if access can be given to those aforementioned texts perhaps it would be advisable to read those instead possibly with a cross reference back to here; if one ever be needed

  4. Sabio Sabio says:

    I loved this book but I am partial to Tibetan BuddhismDO NOT read this if you want an intro to BuddhismThis is a scholastic introduction and in particular to TibetanTibetan Buddhism comes with tons of myths and cultural baggageBut I still love it Not sure whyThe Dalai Lama is my favorite Buddhist author

  5. A.M. Faisal A.M. Faisal says:

    First things first I didn't finish the book The fourth chapter describing the divisions of Vajrayana seemed a re narration of the first few chapters Not a complaint though That's an integral part of the Tibetan stream of Buddhism and without dividing these the book couldn't be completedFor the Tibetan inclined readers I repeat Tibetan inclined readers will enjoy the book immensely Being said that it should be popular in American Neo Buddhist loving trend I found it soothing in the sense that it uite nicely captures the essence of the tantric or esoteric purview of the Indian Buddhism Also it sheds a highlight on the simple and peace lover Tibetans as the writer attempts to capture their history and culture in an affectionate manner The amazing thing is John Powers doesn't try to be objective always and hence makes the whole book enjoyable to a certain extentA good read for the overview of the currently most popular schools of Buddhism

  6. kista kista says:

    As someone so very interested in Tibetan Buddhism then this is the most academically thorough introduction to Tibetan Buddhism I have read so far Recommended if you are interested especially on an academic level

  7. Lobsang Gyaltsen Negi Lobsang Gyaltsen Negi says:

    Very good book written by author well explained

  8. Alex Rhea Alex Rhea says:

    A decent introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and it's main schools However Powers is not a historian but a researcher on meditation all which he admits upfront Thus the history sections are a bit lacking and the descriptions of meditation are much too thorough unless you are a tibetologist

  9. Nusaybah Nusaybah says:

    I bumped into a Japanese woman at a Tibetan Buddhist community center several years ago who asked me to housesit for her for three weeks In addition to mentioning that Tibetan Buddhism is a highly scholastic spiritual path she told me to read anything I wanted to out of her library and highly recommended this book This text discusses the origin and history of the four major lineages or schools of this particular spiritual path

  10. A.B. McFarland A.B. McFarland says:

    I thought this 400 page tome would be a total snooze but it was extremely fascinating Everything from butter sculptures to bas ass buddhas like Padmasambhava it's all here and There's even a chapter on Bön I was especially happy to read the descriptions of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism Guleg Sakya Nyigma and Kagyu because I'd always puzzled about what the differences between them might be HIghly recommended for anyone with an interest in this topic

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