Autumn 2000 Vol. XXV No.3
[Articles] [Book Reviews] [Contributors]
"Who were the Builders of the Tibetan Forts?" Siegbert Hummel Trans. G. Vogliotti, p. 3
"On A Previous Birth Story of Ma gcig Lab sgron ma," Adelheid Herrmann-Pfandt, p. 19
"But Why The Kalacakra," David Gist, p. 32
"Klong rdol bla ma's List of 108 dharmas of Prajnaparamita and the Commentary," Tsewang Bhuti, p. 48
The Dating of the Historical Buddha / Die Datierung des historischen Buddha, Part 3 edited by Heinz Bechert, reviewed by Franz-Karl Ehrhard, p. 70
Yogic Deeds of Bodhisattvas. Gyel-tsap on Aryadeva's Four Hundred. Commentary by Geshe Sonam Rinchen, translated and edited by Ruth Sonam, reviewed by Gareth Sparham, p. 71
The Spirit of Tibet: Portrait of a Culture in Exile by Alison Wright, reviewed by Lucy Kennedy, p. 73
The World of the Dalai Lama: An Inside Look at His Life, His People, and His Vision by Gill Farrer-Halls, reviewed by Geoff H. Childs, p. 74
Tibetan Art, Tracing the Development of Spiritual Ideals and Art in Tibet, 600-2000 A.D. by Amy Heller, reviewed by David Templeman, p. 76
The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, reviewed by Angela Sumegi, p. 78
Consciousness at the Crossroads: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Brain Science and Buddhism Edited by Zara Houshmand, Robert B. Livingston and B. Alan Wallace, reviewed by James E. Huchingson, p. 80
Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda by Robert Svoboda and Arnie Lade Ayurveda: Secrets of Healing by Maya Tiwari, reviewed by Tsering Thondup, p. 82
Contributors, p. 84
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Tsewang Bhuti holds a master's degree in Buddhist and Tibetan studies from Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Varanasi. Presently she is Research Associate and Language Instructor (Tibetan) at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA).
Franz-Karl Ehrhard has previously been affiliated with the Institut fur Kultur & Geschichte indiens and fibers (Hamburg) and the Institut fur Indologie (Munster). From 1988 to 1993 resident representative of the Nepal Research Centre and the Nepal-German Manuscript Preservation Project, and from 1993 to 1998 member of the interdisciplinary programme State Formation and Settlement Processes in the Tibetan Himalaya, he is currently resident research scholar at the Lumbini International Research Institute (LIRI).
Alexander Fedotoff (PhD) is a Professor at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski." 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 Centre for Oriental Languages and Cultures, Sofia University, Bulgaria. Currently he is a chief of the Korean department and a vice-dean of the Faculty of Classical and Modern Philology at the University. He is the co-author of Disputes Between Tea and Chang, published in 1993 at LTWA, the author of Mirror of the Heart which is to be published at Sofia University in 1997, the translator of Bar do thos grol and other Tibetan books into Bulgarian, as well as the author of many scientific articles. He spent three months in LTWA in 1991. He deals with Tibetan, Central Asian and Korean Studies.
Adelheid Herrmann-Pfandt (PhD Rheinische Friedrich-Wiihelms-Universitat, Bonn) 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 Cakrasan77vara-tantra, the history and significance of Indian Tantric pilgrimage places, and women in Pali Buddhism.
Siegbert Hummel (b. 1908 Vogtland) is a scholar, who has, for more than 40 years, contributed much towards an interdisciplinary approach in Tibetan studies. Having obtained his Abitur from Konig-Albert-Gymnasium in Leipzig in 1932, he studied theology, philosophy, psychology and the history of art at the universities of Tubingen, Rostock, Leipzig and M�nchen in the years 1932 to 1938. From 1938 to 1947 he worked in Leipzig and Dresden as minister in the Evangelical church while at the same time studying Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan and Mongolian with various teachers in Leipzig, as well as ethnology and Egyptology. In 1948 he obtained his doctorate (in Sinology) at the University of Leipzig. In 1947 he was appointed at the Ethnographic Museum of Leipzig, first as curator of the Asian department, from 1949 as director of the museum. In the 1955 he became minister to the country parish of Plohn in Vogtland, a position which he held until his retirement. His scholarly output is to be found in over 201 articles, 175 reviews and over eight books.
Lucy Kennedy is a graduate architect from Australia who spent some time in Dharamsala as a volunteer in the Tibetan Architecture Documentation Centre (TADC) in the LTWA. She is presently working in Kathmandu with a Nepali/Tibetan architect enjoying further explorations into the architecture of the Himalayan region.
Sangye Tandar Naga is the head of the Department of Language & Literature and the editor of the newly introduced science journal in Tibetan, Bod kyi tshan rig dus deb, Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, Dharamsala.
Angela Sumegi, MA, is a sessional lecturer in Buddhism and other world religions for the College of the Humanities at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Her current doctoral research focuses on the relationship between Buddhism and Shamanism as expressed in the Tibetan Buddhist approach to dreams and dreaming. She is a Buddhist practitioner in the Palyul Nyingma tradition and is a founding member of the Palyul Namdroling Foundation Canada, a registered charity that supports the children in HH Pema Norbu Rinpoche's monastery in South India, and the Buddha-Dharma in Canada.
Tsering Thondup studied Tibetan medicine at Men-tsee-khang College for three consecutive years. He is now a research assistant at Tibetan Herbal Clinic and Research Center (THCRC), Sidhbari (Dharamsala, H.P.). He is currently engaged in co-authoring a medical book on "Diagnosis" with Dr. Namgyal Qusar and writing a critical, comparative study on Tibetan and Western medicine at the center.
Riika Virtanen has been studying Tibetan language and culture at the LTWA, Dharamsala, since 1990. She takes special interest in Tibetan literature and poetry and has translated into English a collection of stories by modern Tibetan writers (forthcoming from LTWA).
Guido Vogliotti graduated in English at the University of Turin (1977). He subsequently studied Tibetan with Dr. E. Lo Bue and moved to Munich in 1986, where he started to collect the works of Siegbert Hummel and then to translate them into English. In addition to the collection of translations previously published in this journal in its special issue on Hummel's works (Vol.22, No.4), he has completed the translation of Hummel's books, Mythologisches aus Eurasien im Ge-sar-Heldenepos der Tibeter (LTWA, 1998) and Zhang-zhung (LTWA, 2000).
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