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Among Tibetan Texts: History and Literature of the Tibetan Plateau (Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism) [Hardcover]

E.Gene Smith


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For three decades E.Gene Smith ran the Library of Congresses's Tibetan Text Publication Project - an effort to salvage and reprint Tibetan literature of the Bhotia communities of Sikkim, Bhutan, India and Nepal. Smith wrote prefaces to these reprinted books to help clarify and contextualize the particular Tibetan texts: the prefaces served as rough orientations to a poorly understood body of foreign literature. Originally produced in print quantities of 20, these prefaces quickly became legendary, and soon photocopied collections were handed from scholar to scolar achieving an almost cult status. These essays collected are here for the first time. The impact of Smith's research on the academic study of Tibetan literature, history, and religious thought, and for the exemplary critical scholarship he brought to this field.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential reference 6 Jan 2002
By Cameron D. Warner - Published on Amazon.com
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It is impossible to overestimate the impact Gene Smith has had on Tibetan Studies. Smith is universally respected by Tibetologists, Western Buddhists, and Tibetan Lamas. The essays compiled in this book have something for everyone. Their scope covers all four of the major Tibetan lineages, their depth and specificity will interest specialists, their brevity and clarity will interest amateurs. Unfortunately so many publications these days lose their value shortly after publication. Despite their age (up to forty years old), Smith's essays still read like cutting edge research because he proposes so many roads of enquiry yet untrodden.
5.0 out of 5 stars For the scholar or student of Buddhist history and practice 9 July 2014
By Chris Holland - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are a scholar or student of the history and practice of Tibetan Buddhism, this text will be of great interest to you. Though his use of the Wylie spelling makes the reading of the names and places a bit challenging, it is still worth the effort as Mr. Smith has insights and queries that are fresh, even today.
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