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Tibetan Yoga & Secret Doctrines [Hardcover]

Evans-Wentz
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28 Feb 2002
Books, audiotapes, and classes about yoga are today as familiar as they are widespread, but we in the West have only recently become engaged in the meditative doctrines of the East--only in the last 70 or 80 years, in fact. In the early part of the 20th century, it was the pioneering efforts of keen scholars like W. Y. Evans-Wentz, the late editor of this volume, that triggered our ongoing occidental fascination with such phenomena as yoga, Zen, and meditation. Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines--a companion to the popular Tibetan Book of the Dead, which is also published by Oxford in an authoritative Evans-Wentz edition--is a collection of seven authentic Tibetan yoga texts that first appeared in English in 1935. In these pages, amid useful photographs and reproductions of yoga paintings and manuscripts, readers will encounter some of the principal meditations used by Hindu and Tibetan gurus and philosophers throughout the ages in the attainment of Right Knowledge and Enlightenment. Special commentaries precede each translated text, and a comprehensive introduction contrasts the tenets of Buddhism with European notions of religion, philosophy, and science. Evans-Wentz has also included a body of orally transmitted traditions and teachings that he received firsthand during his fifteen-plus years of study in the Orient, findings that will interest any student of anthropology, psychology, comparative religion, or applied Mahayana Yoga. These seven distinct but intimately related texts will grant any reader a full and complete view of the spiritual teachings that still inform the life and culture of the East. As with Evans-Wentz's other three Oxford titles on Tibetan religion, which are also appearing in new editions, this third edition of Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines features a new foreword by Donald S. Lopez, author of the recent Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (28 Feb 2002)
  • ISBN-10: 0710307969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0710307965
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Out of date 21 April 2006
Format:Paperback
Unfortunately OUP keep on trying to make money out of Evans-Wentz's inaccurate and distorted "translations". Tibetology has moved on a long way since the 1920s. Evans-Wentz's approach was to get his Sikkimese secretary to do the translations and then rewrite them so they would fit in with Hinduism. This could be interesting as an example of western misconceptions about Buddhism. Otherwise I can't see the point in publishing it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines 23 July 2012
By willowswaying - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Very easy to read and understand. The author makes a real effort to elucidate the subjects. The material is interesting from a cultural anthropolical view. If one is seeking to practice I would advise a different book to follow, since this one does not go into specifics for yoga. Rather the monks seem to focus on the esoteric aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. However, it is an interesting book to read philosophically.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Complete guide 29 Jun 2012
By Marco Milone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
There is everything about Tibetan Yoga that you want to know, but I cannot give full rating to this book because I found a bit boring the writing style.
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