A Foundation Course
To Be Published January 1st 2014 by Routledge – 242 pages
This book is an introduction to important themes in Tibetan Buddhism. It does not require any prior knowledge about Buddhism as the early chapters discuss aspects of general Buddhism which are taken up and may be elaborated or reinterpreted in Tibetan Buddhism. Nevertheless, recent scholarship and contemporary academic concerns in Buddhist Studies, general Religious Studies, Tibetan Studies and in Social Anthropology and Sociology are taken into consideration.
With universities and colleges offering wider ranges of courses and/or expanding existing courses on Religion, Tibetan Buddhism will be an invaluable resource to help understand this subject. Chapters build on earlier chapters, and each chapter covers essential information presented in an accessible way.
Introduction 1. Tibetan Society and Culture: An Overview 2. Basic Buddhism and its Tibetan Expression I 3. Basic Buddhism and its Tibetan Expression II 4. The Mahayana Vision 5. The Bodhisattva Path 6. History, Organisation and Characteristics of the Tibetan Buddhist Schools 7. The Scholastic Traditions 8. The Meditative Traditions 9. Mahamudra 10. Vajrayana Deity Practice and Monastic Rule 11. Gender in Tibetan Buddhism 12. Tibetan Buddhism in the Contemporary World