The Tibet Journal
Spring & Summer 2003, Table of Contents Vol. XXVIII, No. 1&2

[Articles] [Review Articles] [Book Reviews] [Contributors]


"Domestic rDo ring? A New Class of Standing Stone from the Tibetan Plateau," Mark Aldenderfer, p. 3

"The Content of Stupas and Images and the Indo-Tibetan Concept of Relics," Yael Bentor, p. 21

"Sino-Tibetan Artistic Synthesis in Ming Dynasty Temples at the Core and Periphery," Karl Debreczeny, p. 49

"Lineages of Form: Buddhist Portraiture in the Manchu Court," Patricia Berger, p. 109

"No Man's Land: Real and Imaginary Tibet," Gonkar Gyatso, p. 147

Buddhist Art and Tibetan Patronage, Ninth to Fourteenth Centuries, edited by Deborah Klimburg-Salter & Eva Allinger reviewed by
Rob Linrothe, p. 161
Ajanta, Handbuch der Malereien ('Handbook of the Paintings') by Dieter Schlingloff reviewed by
Hubert Decker, p. 173

Book Reviews
Antiquitiess of Upper Tibet. Pre-Buddhist archeological sites on the High Plateau, Findings of the Upper Tibet Circumnavigation Expedition by John Vincent Bellezza reviewed by
Amy Heller p. 201
La Deesse sGrol-ma (Tara): Recherches sur lu Nature et le Statut d'une Divinite du Bouddhisme Tibetain by Pierre Arenes reviewed by
Adelheid Herrmann-Pfandt, p. 202
Religion umd Biography in China and Tibet edited by Benjamin Penny reviewed by
Alexander Fedotoff, p. 206
The Dalai Lima's Secret Temple: Tantric Wall Paintiugs from Tibet by Ian Baker & Thomas Laird reviewed by
Jacob Winkler, p. 207
Religion and Secular Culture in Tibet: Proceedings of the Ninth Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Leiden 2000 edited by Henk Blezer reviewed by
Todd Gibson, p. 210
Becoming the Compassion Buddha by Lama Thubten Yeshe, edited by Robing Courtin reviewed by
Wy Ostenfeid, p. 211
The Essence of Buddhism by Traleg Kyabgon reviewed by
D.R. Chaudhry, p. 212
Born in Lhasa by Namgyal Lhamo Taklha reviewed by
Dhondup Tsering, p. 214
Gates to Buddhist Practice, Essential Teachirtgs of a Tibetan Master by Cha dud Tulku reviewed by
Dhondup Tsering, p. 215

Contributors, p. 217

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Adelheid Herrmann-Pfandt is currently teaching Buddhist Studies, Pali, and Women's Studies in Religion at the Universities of Bremen and Marburg. In addition to several articles on women and goddesses in Buddhism and Hinduism, on Buddhist philosophy and on modern Western Buddhism, she has published a book on Dakinis and the role of feminity in Tantric Buddhism. She is now doing research in early Buddhist Tantric literature and early Tibetan translations (especially problems of dating texts). Her current research interests also include the Cakrasamvara-tantra, the history and significance of Indian Tantric pilgrimage places, and women in Pali Buddhism.

Alexander Fedotoff (Ph.D) is a Professor at Sofia University, Bulgaria. He graduated from Leningrad University in Tibetan and Mongolian Studies in 1979. Since 1981 he has been teaching Tibetan and Mongolian culture, literature and language in the above university. He is the author of Mirror of the Heart as well as many scientific articles. His translation of Tibetan books includes Bar do thus grol, Disputes between Tea and Chang and several others.

Amy Heller holds a doctorate in Tibetan history and philology at La Sorbonne, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, France. To date, she has traveled eight times to Tibet. In 1995, she was part of a team 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.

Dhondup Tsering is currently the assistant editor of the Tibet Journal. He was formerly 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

Erberto Lo Bue obtained a Ph.D. in Tibetan studies at SOAS, University of London, with a thesis on 20th century Himalayan sculpture in 1981. From 1983, he taught Tibetan language, culture and art at CeSMEO and at the universities of Turin, Milan and Bologna. Since 1999, he has been teaching history of Indian and Central Asian Art at the Department of Linguistics and Oriental Studies, University of Bologna. The author of a dozen books and art catalogues, he has written about 75 articles, essays and dictionary entries, as well as over 30 reviews and review articles, most related to Tibetan and Himalayan art.

Gonkar Gyatso graduated in Chinese traditional painting from the Central Institute of Nationalities in Beijing. He was a lecturer at the Fine Art Department of Tibet University in Lhasa from 1985-1992. In 1985, he co-founded "The Sweet Tea House Artists Association" in Lhasa, the first independent Tibetan artists asssociation in Tibet. He came to India in 1992 and began studying traditional Tibetan Painting and Buddhism. In 1996, he was offered a scholarship as a guest artist at the St Martin's Art & Design College in London. In 2000 he completed his MA degree in fine art at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Since 1985 Gonkar has exhibited internationally in Lhasa, Beijing, New Delhi, London, Helsinki, Washington, Lyon, Zurich etc. He has undertaken several fellowships and residencies as well as giving international public lectures on Tibetan contemporary art. In 2003 He founded contemporary Tibetan art gallery; "The Sweet Tea House" in London, dedicated to promoting contemporary Tibetan art. He currently lives and work in London.

Hubert Decleer is Senior Faculty Advisor with the Tibetan Studies/Himalayan Studies program of Studies Abroad, for the School of International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont, USA.

Jakob Winkler studied Tibetology in Vienna and Munich, where lie received his M.A. on Totenritual in Tibet (Death Ritual in Tibet) in 1994. His current research interests are rDzogs


chen and the murals of the Klu khang in Lhasa.

Karl Debreczeny Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of Chicago. Dissertation title: "Ethnicity and Esoteric Power: Negotiating the Sino-Tibetan Synthesis in Ming Buddhist Painting". Publications: "The Buddha's Law Among the 'Jang: The 10th Karmapa's Development of His 'Chinese Style Thang-ka Painting' in the Kingdom of Lijiang" Orientations, vol.34, no.4 (April), 2003, pp.46-53. "Dabaojigong and the Regional Tradition of Ming Sino-Tibetan Painting in Lijiang" in Matthew Kapstein (ed.), Buddhism between Tibet and China, formeoming.

Mark Aldenderfer is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. An archaeologist, he has worked for more than 20 years on the Andean altiplano, and since 1997, has begun to work on the Tibetan plateau, where he is engaged in research on the second diffusion of Buddhism. Future projects will include the study of the origins of the earliest inhabitants of the plateau and the development of indigenous pastoral and agricultural societies.

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.

Rob Linrothe is associate professor of Art History at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York. He is currently on leave, and is curator of Himalayan Art at 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 Tibetan (Ladakh and Zanskar).

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."

Wy Ostenfeld holds a BEA from the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Yael Bentor is the chair of the Department of Indian, Iranian and Armenian Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she teaches classes in classical Tibetan and Tibetan Buddhism since 1991. Her current research is concerned with commentaries on the generation process of the Guhyasamaja Tantra.

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