The Tibet Journal
Autumn and Winter 2002 Vol. XXVII no. 3 and 4

[Articles] [Review Article] [Symposium] [Book Reviews] [Contributors]


"P�la Painting and the Tibetan Variant of the P�la Style,"
Steven M. Kossak p.3

"Buddhist Metal Images of Western Tibet, ca. 1000-1500 A.D.: Historical Evidence, Stylistic Consideration and Modern Myths,"
Michael Henss, p. 23

"Tibetan Painting of Che mchog Heruka's Mandala in the McCormick Collection,"
Jane Casey Singer, p. 83

"Zhol Village and a Mural Painting in the Potala: Observations Concerning Tibetan Architecture,"
Andre Alexander, p. 109

"Newar Sculptors and Tibetan Patrons in the 20th Century,"
Erberto Lo Bue, p. 121

"Glegs shing, The Art of Tibetan Book Covers,"
G�nter Gr�nbold, p. 171

Review Articles

Tibetan Painted Scrolls by Giuseppe Tucci, reviewed by
Erberto Lo Bue, p. 183

Tibet, Self and the Tibetan Diaspora: Voices of Difference, edited by P. Christiaan Klieger, reviewed by
George van Driem, p. 191

Symposium Report
Himalayas an Aesthetic Adventure, Symposium of April 4-6 2003,
Amy Heller, p.194

Book Reviews

Secret of the Vajra World: The Tantric Buddhism of Tibet by Reginald A. Ray, reviewed by
Mark Tatz, p. 197

Relating to a Spiritual Teacher: Building a Healthy Relationship by Alexander Berzin, reviewed by
Mark Tatz, p. 200

Women in the Footsteps of the Buddha: Struggle for Liberation in the Therigatha by Kathryn R. Blackstone, reviewed by
Francis V. Tiso, p. 201

Echoes from Dharamsala by Keila Diehl, reviewed by
P. Christiaan Klieger, p. 202

Dakinis Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism by Judith Simmer-Brown, reviewed by
Cathy Cantwell, p. 203

Tales of Tibet, Sky Burials, Prayer Wheels, & Wind Horses, edited and translated by Herbert J. Batt, reviewed by
Bhuchung K. Tsering, p. 204

The Practice of Vajrakilaya by Khenpo Namdrol, reviewed by
Jean-Luc Achard, p. 205

The Tantric Distinctions -A Buddhist's Reflections on Compassion and Emptiness by Jeffrey Hopkins
The Way to Buddhahood by Yin-shun, reviewed by
D. R. Chaudhry, p. 207

Buddhist Thought and Ritual, edited by David J. Kalupahana, reviewed by
Kevin Schilbrack, p. 209

The Six Perfections by Geshe Sonam Rinchen, translated and edited by Ruth Sonam, reviewed by
Chemi Senge, p. 210

The New Tibetan-English Dictionary of Modern Tibetan by Melvyn C. Goldstein, reviewed by
Dhondup Tsering, p. 210

The CIA's Secret War in Tibet by Kenneth Conboy, reviewed by
Dhondup Tsering, p. 211

Contributors, p. 213

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Alexander Fedotoff (Ph.D.) is a Professor at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski." He is the co-author of Disputes Between Tea and Chang, published in 1993 at LTWA, the author of Mirror of the Heart, the translator of Bar do thos grol and other Tibetan books into Bulgarian, as well as the author of many scientific articles. He deals with Tibetan, Central Asian and Korean Studies.

Amy Heller (Ph.D. in Tibetan history and Philology at La Sorbonne, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, France) has traveled eight times to Tibet. Her trip to Tibet in 1995 as a part of team for evaluating restoration of monasteries of Gra thang and Zha lu and its subsequent research resulted in her book Tibetan Art published in English, French, Italian and Spanish. She is currently working on the cultural history of Dolpo to study the Pijor illuminated bKa' 'gyur manuscripts.

Andre Alexander studied history at Berlin FU University. In 1993, he began a research project to study and document the traditional Tibetan architecture in Lhasa, which resulted in a huge collection of a several thousand photographs and a great deal of historical information on building materials and techniques. In 1996, he founded the Tibet Heritage Fund, and since then has served as its program director. He is the co-author of The Old City Of Lhasa.

Bhuchung K. Tsering worked as a reporter for the Indian daily, Indian Express in New Delhi before joining the Tibetan Government-in-Exile in 1984. He has worked as the editor of Tibetan Bulletin. He is currently the director of the International Campaign for Tibet in Washington, D.C. He is a columnist for Tibetan Review and has contributed to Indian, Tibetan, Swiss and American journals.

Cathy Cantwell is employed in research projects on Tibetan Buddhist texts at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, and at the University of Kent at Canterbury. She has a Ph.D. for a study of religious practice among Tibetan exiles (fieldwork 1981-3) and has since been actively involved in research and teaching in universities in the UK.

Chemi Senge is a lay Buddhist practitioner based in Dharamsala. Formerly he studied at the Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Varanasi.

D.R.Chaudhry is a well-known columnist and reviewer in the Indian media world. He retired as a Reader at the Dyal Singh College of Delhi University. He has published several articles and over 100 reviews and review articles in the leading English national dailies, including Times of India and The Tribune. Also he has three books in his credit, the latest being Education and Social Change (New Delhi, 2000).

Dhondup Tsering is presently assistant editor of the Tibet Journal. He was formerly a freelance translator.

Erberto Lo Bue obtained a Ph.D. (1981) in Tibetan studies"at SOAS, University of London, with a thesis on 20th century Himalayan sculpture. He currently teaches history of Indian and Central Asian Art at the Department of Linguistic and Oriental Studies at the University of Bologna, Italy. 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.

Francis V. Tiso is the parochial vicar of Our Lady of Mount Cannel 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 thangkas of the Tarap Valley, Dolpo, Nepal.

George van Driem is the Director of Himalayan Languages Research Project, Leiden University, the Netherlands. He completed his Doctorate at Leiden University in 1987 with a dissertation entitled A Grammar of Limbu (1987). His other works include Grammar of Dumi (1993), Grammar of Dzongkha (1992), and Languages of the Himalayas (2001).


Günter Grönbold studied Indology and Tibetan under Prof. Helmut Hoffmann and did his PhD in the Universityy of Munich. He is at present Head of the Orient- and East Asia Department of the Bavarian State Library, Munich. Several scientific contributions about Sadangayoga and Kälacakra.

Jane Casey Singer is an art historian specialising in Himalayan art. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Harvard University. Her publications include Tibetan Art: Towards a Definition of Style (London, 1997), Sacred Visions: Early Paintings from Central Tibet (New York, 1998) and The Sculptural Heritage of Tibet: Buddhist Art in the Nyingjei Lam Collection (London, 1999).

Jean-Luc Achard, Ph.D, is a researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France. He has specialized over the years in philological and historical study of the diverse rDzogs chen traditions and is now engaged in the final completion of the translations and commentaries of the Zhang zhung snyan rgyud and Nyams rgyud traditions of Bon. He has recently published L'Essence Perlee du Secret-Recherches philologiques et historiques sur 1 'origine de la Grande Perfection dans la tradition rNying ma pa.

Kevin Schilbrack (Ph.D from the University of Chicago) is assistant professor of philosophy and religion at Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia, U.S.A. He recently edited Thinking through Myths: Philosophical Perspectives (Routledge, 2002). His book Thinking through Rituals is forthcoming in 2003. Mr. Schilbrack was awarded a senior fellowship (2002-2003) by CSWR at the Divinity School, Harvard University

Mark Tatz holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies from the University of British Columbia and he is an independent research scholar based at Berkeley, California. He has authored and translated several books including The Skill in Means Sutra (New Delhi, 1994), Tibetan Game of Liberation (Anchor Books, 1977), and The Basic Path to Awakening (Edwin Mellen Press) and Buddhism and Healing: Demieville's Article "Byo" (MD University Press, 1985).

Michael Henss is an independent scholar who has studied Tibetan art and architecture since 1964. Contributed articles for Asian art journals, seminars and books. Wrote books including Tibet, The Cultural Monuments, Kalachakra, A Tibetan Initiation Ceremony, Mustang, A Former Tbetan Kingdom in the Nepal Himalayas, and the forthcoming The Cultural Monuments of Tibet-The Central Regions.

P. Christiaan Klieger, now with the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, is an anthropologist who has been working with Tibetan refugees since 1978. He is author of Tibetan Nationalism and many articles on various Tibetan subjects.

Patricia Berger is a member of Art History faculty and the Group in Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the Buddhist art of later China, particularly of the Qing-dynasty court.

Steven M. Kossak is Associate Curator of South and South East Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum and is in charge of the Himalayan collections. Together with Jane Casey Singer he curated the exhibition "Sacred Visions: Early Paintings from Central Tibet" and has written many articles on early Tibetan painting.

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