The Tibet Journal
Autumn & Winter 2001 Vol. XXVI no. 3 & 4

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Foreward, p. 1


"Creativity, Freedom and Control in the Contemporary Renaissance of Reb gong Painting," Rob Linrothe p. 5

"Note on the Third Dalai Lama bSod nams rgya mrtsho and his Visionary Thang ka of lHa mo'i bla mtsho," Roberto Vitali, p. 91

"The Paintings in the Zhwa lu sGo gsum lha khang and bSe sgo ma lha khang: Stylistic Differences," Franco Ricca & Lionel Fournier, p. 103

"Problems of Iconometry: Comparing the Citrasutra with the Citralaksana," Matteo Martelli, p. 149

"'Donors' in the Tangut Painting from Khara-Khoto: Their Meaning and Function," Kira Samosyuk, p. 165

"Ensuring Firmness: The Use of Molten Metals in Tibet and Iran," David Templeman, p. 199

Review Article

In the Image of Tibet, Tibetan Painting after 1959 by Clare Harris, Reviewed by Erberto Lo Bue, p. 206

Book Reviews

High Peaks, Pure Earth: Collected Writings on Tibetan History and Culture by Hugh Richardson, edited with an introduction by Michael Aris, reviewed by David Jacksson, p. 225

Readings on the Six Yogas of Naropa by Glenn H. Mullin, reviewed by Francis V. Tiso, p. 226

Inside Tibetan Buddhism: Rituals and Symbols Revealed by Robert A. F. Thurman, edited by Barbara Roether, reviewed by Cathy Cantwell, p. 227

Sacred Spaces and Powerful Places in Tibetan Culture: A Collection of Essays edited by Toni Huber, reviewed by Antonio Terrone, p. 229

The Fate of Tibet: When Big Insects Eat Small Insects by Claude Arpi, reviewed by Kabir Mansingh Heimsath, p. 230

Dreaming in the Lotus: Buddhist Dream Narrative and Practice by Serenity Young, reviewed by Tsering Dhondup, p. 232

Tablet of the Gods by William M. Bueler, reviewed by Dhondup Tsering, p. 232

Contributors, p. 233

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Erberto Lo Bue's interest in Himalayan and Tibetan art dates back to 1972, when he made the first of a number of journeys to the Nepal Valley and became the keeper of the Aniko Collection (a score of statues of that now defunct collection are still on loan at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London). Since then, he has organized 13 exhibitions in Switzerland, England and Italy. From 1978 until now his fieldwork in Nepal, Tibet, Ladakh, Sikkim and Buddhist India has been sponsored by the universities of London and Bologna, by the British Academy and by CeSMEO (Turin). In 1981, he obtained a PhD in Tibetan studies at SOAS, University of London, with a thesis on 20th century Himalayan sculpture. From 1983, he taught Tibetan language, culture and art at CeSMEO and at the universities of Turin, Milan and Bologna. In 1999 he got a full-time post at the University of Bologna, where he currently teaches history of Indian and Central Asian Art at the Department of Linguistic and Oriental Studies. The author of a dozen books and art catalogues, he has written about 75 articles, essays and dictionary entries, as well as 30 reviews and review articles, mostly related to Tibetan and Himalayan art. He is currently a member of IATS and of the Centre for Tibetan research and studies at IsIAO (Rome).

Rob Linrothe is associate professor of An History at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. He is currently on leave, and is curator of Himalayan Art at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. Author of Ruthless Compassion. Wrathful Deities in Early Indo-Tibetan Esoteric Buddhist Art (Serindia, 1999), he has written several articles on the Buddhist art of the Tangut kingdom and western Tibet (Ladakh and Zangskar).

Roberto Vitali is an independent researcher on Tibetan history. He has authored Early Temples of Central Tibet and The Kingdoms of Pu.hrang According to mNga'.ris rgyal.rabs by mKhan.chen Ngag.dbang

Kira Samosyuk, Ph.D., is the curator of Khara-Khoto and Central Asian Buddhist Painting collection of the State Hermitage museum. He studied Chinese History in St. Petersburg University and his doctorate dissertation was on theory of Chinese medieval painting.

Matteo Martelli is a student in humanities at the University of Bologna. He has studied Sanskrit and history of Indian and Tibetan art, with particular reference to the Indian texts on the iconometry.

David Templeman has been working on translation of Tibetan hagiographical works for many years. His works nearing completion are Kunga Drolchog's Life of Krsnacarya and Taranatha's Life of Buddhaguptanatha. He currently holds interest in the early Iranian influences on Tibetan culture."

Franco Ricca Former professor of Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Turin, he obtained a degree in Indology at the Institute of Oriental Studies in Turin in 1987. As a co-founder of the CESMEO (now International Institute of Advanced Asiatic Studies) he played a major role in promoting its manifold activities. He has published volumes and papers on the great monuments of rGyang rtse, gNas chung and Zhwa lu and collaborated to several catalogues for Tibetan art exhibitions.

Lionel Fournier An independent researcher interested in Tibetan art since the 70s, he put together an important Tibetan collection from the European market, and donated it to the Musee Guimet in 1989. He is now working at the creation of a CD-R extended database on Tibetan art and culture.

David Jackson has been since 1992 Professor of Tibetan Studies at Hamburg University. His books on Tibetan Buddhist art and culture include A History of Tibetan Painting (Vienna, 1996) and Tibetan Thangka Painting: Methods and Materials (1984). His most recent book, a biography of Dezhung Rinpoche (1906-1987), is forthcoming from Wisdom Publications.


Francis V. Tiso is the parochial vicar of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Mill Valley, CA. He earned an A.B. in Medieval Studies at Cornell University and an M.Div. in Pastoral Psychology at Harvard University and holds a PhD from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary in Buddhist Studies, with a dissertation on early versions of the biography of Milarepa. At the moment he is working on a book on the thang kas of the Tarap Valley, Dolpo, Nepal.

Cathy Cantwell is an honorary research fellow at the University of Kent at Canterbury and is a part-time teacher of Social Anthropology, Buddhism and Tibetan language. She has a Ph.D. based on research with Tibetan refugees in India.

Antonio Terrone is an Italian Ph.D. candidate at the Research School CNWS of Leiden University in the Netherlands where he is currently working on his study of the gter ma tradition in today's Tibet. The provisional title of his dissertation is Bya rog prog zhu. The Raven's Crest: The Treasure Tradition in Contemporary Tibet.

Kabir Mansingh Heimsath studied at University of California at Berkeley (B.A.) and the University of Washington in Seattle (M.A.). He is currently co-director of the Tibetan Studies Program of the School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont. He is interested in sacred geography, religious biographies, and practice in contemporary Tibet.

Tsering Dhondup is the clinical practitioner and lecturer of Tibetan Medicine at Qusar Tibetan Healing Centre. He is working on his forthcoming book titled "Tibetan Medicine, Ayurveda & Chinese Medicine: Comparative Studies".

Dhondup Tsering is the Assistant Editor of the Tibet Journal.

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