The Buddhism of Tibet

The Buddhism of Tibet : Or Lamaism, with its Mystic Cults, Symbolism and Mythology, and in its Relation to Indian Buddhism

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Laurence Austine Waddell (1854-1938) qualified in medicine and chemistry at Glasgow University and in 1880 embarked on a successful career in the colonial Indian Medical Service which took him to Darjeeling, Burma and Tibet, and eventually an academic post at Calcutta Medical College. In addition, Waddell studied Sanskrit and published extensively on Tibet (his books Among the Himalayas (1899) and Lhasa and its Mysteries (1905) are also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection). This landmark study of Tibetan Buddhism first appeared in 1895. Waddell cites earlier European scholarship, including that of Burnouf (also reissued), but emphasises that his book is based on original field research at temples and among the lay population. It covers the history of Tibetan Buddhism, its relationship with other branches of Buddhism, doctrine, places of worship, rituals and festivals, popular religion and the occult. It also includes around 200 illustrations and a substantial bibliography.
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  • Paperback | 636 pages
  • 153 x 230 x 40mm | 939.99g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 187 b/w illus.
  • 1108081800
  • 9781108081801
  • 1,868,624

Table of contents

Preface; Pronunciation; Abbreviation; 1. Introductory; Part I. Historical: 2. Changes in primitive Buddhism leading to Lamaism; 3. Rise, development and spread of Lamaism; 4. The sects of Lamaism; Part II. Doctrinal: 5. Metaphysical sources of the doctrine; 6. The doctrine and its morality; 7. Scriptures and literature; Part III. Monastic: 8. The order of Lamas; 9. Daily life and routine; 10. Hierarchy and re-incarnate Lamas; Part IV. Buildings: 11. Monasteries; 12. Temples and cathedrals; 13. Shrines and relics (and pilgrims); Part V. Mythology and Gods: 14. Pantheon and images; 15. Sacred symbols and charms; Part VI. Ritual and Sorcery: 16. Worship and ritual; 17. Astrology and divination; 18. Sorcery and necromancy; Part VII. Festivals and Plays: 19. Festivals and holidays; 20. Sacred dramas, mystic plays and masquerades; Part VIII. Popular Lamaism: 21. Domestic and popular Lamaism; Appendices; Index.
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