The Tibet Journal
Summer 2000 Vol. XXV No.2

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"A Proposal for Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Study of A ce iha mo," Antonio Attisan, p. 4

"The 1958 sKyid grong Census: Implications for the Study of Tibetan Historical Demography," Geoff Childs, p. 29

"The Earliest Tibetan Inscriptions from Tabo and Their Historical Significance," Laxman S. Thakur, p. 42

"The Lhopus of Western Bhutan," Jagar Dorji, p. 52

Book Reviews

sDe-dpon sum-cu. Ritual and Ikonographie der "Dreißig Schutzgottheiten der Welt" by Rudolf Kaschewsky and Perna Tsering. reviewed by Franz-Karl Ehrhard, p. 60

Apparitions of the Self, The Secret Autobiographies of a Tibetan Visionary by Janet Gyatso, reviewed by Jean-Luc Achard, p. 62

The Buddhist Pilgrimage by Duncan Forbes, reviewed by Bandana Mukhopadhyay, p. 65

Labrang: A Tibetan Buddhist Monastery at the Crossroads of Four Civilisations by Paul Kocot Nietupski, reviewed by Lucy Kennedy, p. 67

Education in Tibet. Policy and Practice since 1950 by Catriona Bass, reviewed by Gudrun John, p. 69

Tales of the Turquoise: A Pilgrimage in Dolpo by Corneille Jest, reviewed by Tseten Lhamo, p. 71

Ladakh: Culture, History, and Development between Himalaya and Karakoram. Recent Research on Ladakh 8. Eds. Martijn van Beek, Kristoffer Brix Bertelsen and Poul Pedersen, reviewed by Geoff H. Childs, p. 73

Sisters in Solitude: Two Traditions of Buddhist Monastic Ethics for Women by Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Cathy Cantwell, p. 76

The Bliss of Inner Fire: Heart Practice of The Six Yogas of Naropa by Lama Thubten Yeshe, reviewed by Wy Ostenfeld, p. 76

"Changes and Developments in Upper Mustang, Nepal: Decision making at the Local Level," Susanne von der Heide, p. 80

Contributors, p. 88

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Jean-Luc Achard, PhD, has specialized over years in philogical and historical study of the diverse rDzogs chen traditions and is now engaged in the final completion of the translations and commentaries of the whole Zhang zhung snyan rgyud tradition of Bon, together with its associated Nyam rgyud cycle.

Antonio Attisani teaches theatre history at the University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Italy. His book on lha mo theatre is due to appear in the coming year. Presently he, in collaboration with Ramon Prats and Alredo Cadonna, is organising a seminar on lha mo, to be held in May 2001 at Fondazione G. Cini, Venice.

Cathy Cantwell, Ph.D, is a Research Associate at the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing at the University of Kent at Canterbury, currently working on a research project concerning the Waddell edition of the rNying ma'i rgyud `bum held at the British Library.

Geoff Childs is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Demography Program, Research School of Social Science, the Australian National University, Canberra.

Jagar Dorji is the Director of National Institute of Education, Samtse, Bhutan. He is a geographer and has also a keen interest on the ethno-history of Bhutan. He is currently preparing a PhD in Education sciences in Australia.

Franz-Karl Ehrhard has previously been affiliated with the Institut für Kultur & Geschichte Indiens and Tibets (Hamburg) and the Institut für Indologie (Münster). 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).

Susanne von der Heide, the Vice Chairman of the HimalAsia Foundation and the Director of the HimalAsia Institute of Intercultural Communication and Documentation, has studied History of Art, Anthropology and Sociology. She was Curator for education at the Museum of East Asian Art and at the Ethnographical Museum, Cologne from 1988-1996. Then she was invited to join the World Heritage Centre of UNESCO, Paris, from where she was transfered to the Division of Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. An author of articles, books and films on Asian cultures, she organises culture promoting exhibitions. Her last exhibition on 'Traditional Medicine in Mustang' was shown at the EXPO 2000 in Hanover, Germany. Also she lecturers at the Universities of Freiburg, Leipzig and Cologne. Besides, she was appointed adviser to the Asia-Pacific-Forum, established in the Senate Chancellery of the Metropolitan Municipality of Berlin under the Governing Mayor Mr. Eberhard Diepgen.

Gudrun John (PhD) studied German, Geography, Philosophy and Pedagogics at the universities of Cologne and Tubingen. She has been actively involved in the study of Buddhist culture and Asian history since 30 years and has travelled many times in Tibet, India, Nepal and Bhutan. Her books Mustang, ein wiederentdecktes Königreich in Nepal and Zauber Indien, published by Artcolor Verlag, Germany in 1993 and 1995, show her as a sensitive photographer and a competent author. Besides she has published several articles in various newspapers and periodicals in Europe.

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 fürther explorations into the architecture of the Himalayan region.

Tseten Lhamo holds a Master's degree in Political Science from Punjab University, Chandigarh. She has also studied Peace & Conflict Research at the University of Uppsala and is currently working in Research & Analysis Center under CTA, Dharamsala.

Bandana Bhattacharya Mukhopadhyay, PhD, the Research Officer at the Asiatic Society (Calcutta) and Guest lecturer in Tibetan Language at Calcutta University, has published numerious research papers in the leading academic journals in India and abroad; her latest book being Life in Ancient India (as depicted in the Dhammapada-Alihakatha).

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

Laxman S. Thakur, PhD, teaches Ancient Indian History and Archaeology at Himachal Pradesh University, Simla. He is the author of The Architectural Heritage of Himachal Pradesh: Origin and Development of Temple Styles (Munshiram Manoharlal, New Delhi, 1996) and Buddhism in the Western Himalaya: A Study of the Tabo Monastery (Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2000, The New Indo Tibetica I) and of numerous research articles that have appeared in the journals of national and international repute, including the Artibus Asiae, East and West, Maarg, Oriental Art, Orientations, Journal of Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, South Asian Studies and The Indian Economic and Social History Review.

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