The Tibet Journal
Autumn 2003 Vol. XXVIII no. 3

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"Relations between Dalai Lamas and Rulers of mNga'ris skor gsum: From late 14th-mid 19th century," Lobsang Shastri p. 3

"Names and Nicknames in sKyid grong," Geoff Childs, p. 17

"dByar rtswa dgun 'bu: An Important Trade Item for the Tibetan Population of the Li thang District, Sichuan Province, China." Alessandro Boesi, p. 29

"The Response of Immigrant Tibetans towards Cultural Iatrogenesis in Contemporary Health Care System in India," Nupur Pathak, p. 43

"Cultural Components in Responses to Cultural Bereavement of Immigrant Tibetans in India," Nupur Pathak, p. 53

Review Article
Khams pa histories: Visions of People, Place and Authority edited by Lawrence Epstein, reviewed by
Alexander Gardner, p. 61

Quintessence Tantras of Tibetan Medicine by Dr. Barry Clark, reviewed by
Yonten Gyatso, p. 97

Book Reviews
Self-Liberation Through Seeing with Naked Awareness translation and commentary by John Myrdhin Reynolds, reviewed by
Francis V. Tiso, p. 107

Tibet's Ancient Religion: Bon by Christoph Baumer, reviewed by
Todd Gibson, p. 109

The Life and Times of a True Son of Tibet, Gergan Dorfe Tharchin, H. Louis Fader, reviewed by
Bhuchung K. Tsering, p. 113

The Life and Times of a True Son of Tibet, Gergan Dorfe Tharchin, H. Louis Fader, reviewed by
John Bray, p. 114

Buddhist art and architecture by Robert E. Fisher, reviewed by
Daphne Lange Rosenzweig, p. 115

Foundations of Tibetan Buddhism by H. E. Kalu Rinpoche, reviewed by
D.R. Chaudhry, p. 116

Ganesa, Unravelling an Enigma by Yuvraj Krishan, reviewed by
Dhondup Tsering, p. 118

Contributors, p. 119

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Alessandro Boesi, Biologist (University of Milan, Italy), Ph.D. candidate, has been carrying on extensive fieldwork in the Himalayan and Tibetan regions (1994-199, Ladakh; 1995-1998-2001, Nepal; 1999-2000, Khams (Sichuan, PRC)) focusing his interest on the study of the Tibetan conception, classification and exploitation of the natural world and of the materia medica of Tibetan medicine. He is the cofounder of "Shangdril, Centro Studi per l'Himalaya e it Tibet", a research centre based at the Museum of Natural History of Milan, Italy.

Alexander Gardner is a doctoral candidate in Buddhist Studies at the University of Michigan. His research concerns the sacred geography of Khams during the 19th century.

Daphne Lange Rosenzweig received her degrees from Mount Holyoke College and Columbia University, specializing in East Asia art and languages. She has taught at several universities and is currently a faculty member of the Liberal Arts Program at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fl.

Dhondup Tsering works as an assistant editor of The Tibet Journal. He formerly worked as a freelance translator.

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. He has written three books, the latest being 'Punjab Haryana Dispute' in 'Punjab-Past, Present and Future', (Ajanta Publications, Delhi, I994).

Francis V. Tiso is the parochial vicar of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 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 Tamp Valley, Nepal.

Geoff Childs is an assistant professor of anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests center on anthropological approaches to demographic processes and outcomes in contemporary and historical Tibetan societies.

John Bray is Hon. Secretary of the International Associations of Ladakh Studies. His publications include A Bibliography of Ladakh (Warminster 1988), as well as a series of articles on Christian missions in the Tibetan border regions and on Ladakhi history. He is currently based in Tokyo.

Lobsang Shastri, the Librarian of the Tibetan Manuscript Library, LTWA, has compiled three departmental catalogues: the Second (1990), the Third (1993) and the Fourth (1995). His other publications include, "The Importance of Tibetan Literature for Understanding Indian Culture," (Tibet Journal, Vol.XIV, No.3), "The Marriage Customs of the Ru-thok" (Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference of Tibetan Studies, Norway, 1991) and "The Religious Council of the Fire-Dragon Year, 1076 AD," (Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference of Tibetan Studies, Austria, 1995).

Nupur Pathak, Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, India, is actively engaged in research work on the problems of immigrant Tibetans in India. She is teaching Anthropology as part-time lecturer in P. U. since 1996, and is also engaged in a research project sponsored by Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Varanasi. She has presented papers in various international and national conferences in Austria, England, Montreal (Canada), and India on Tibetan Culture and Tibetan Medical System.

Todd Gibson received his Ph.D. in 1991 in Tibetan Studies from Indiana University. His recent publications include, "Inner Asian Contributions to the Vajrayana" and "Notes on the History of the Samanaic in Tibet and Inner Asia."

Yonten Gyatso studied Tibetan medicine at the Tibetan Medical and~strological Institute (TMAI), Dharamsala, India, and graduated in 1987. He served at the institute's research


department for many years before becoming an independent researcher. He now lives in the US. His main interest is in classical Tibetar, medical literature and Tibetan pharmacology. His most important work is the development of a modem Herbarium at the TMAI's plant research section and he has done extensive field study in Nepal and Indian Himalayas. He can be contacted at <>.

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