The Tibet Journal
Summer Vol. XXIV, No. 2 1999

[Articles] [Book Reviews] [Contributors]


"Tsongkhapa's Qualms about Early Tibetan Interpretations of Madhyamaka Philosophy," Thupten Jinpa, p. 3

"Manuscript LTWA No.23476: A 'sDe can' Sample of the brGyad stong pa," Fabrizio Torricelli & Nickolai N. Dudka, p.29

"gShen: The Ancestral clan of Rin chen bzang po," Namgyal Nyima Dagkar, p. 45

Book Reviews

Bibliographical Sources for Buddhist Studies from the viewpoint of Buddhist Philology by Yasuhiro Sueki, reviewed by Bhikkhu Pasadika, p. 60

A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life, Santideva, translated from the Sanskrit and Tibetan by Vesna A. Wallace and B. Alan Wallace, reviewed by Cathy Cantwell, p. 62

Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying: An Exploration of Consciousness with the Dalai Lama, edited by Franscisco J. Varela, reviewd by Bryan J. Cuevas, p. 65

Pilgrimage in Tibet, edited by Alex McKay, reviewed by Toni Huber, p. 68

The Arts and Crafts of the Swat Valley. Living Traditions in the Hindu Kush, Johannes Kalter et al, reviwed by Erberto Lo Bue, p. 72

Sudhana's Miraculous Journey in the Temple of Ta pho. The inscriptional text of the Tibetan Gandavyuhasutra, edited with introductory remarks by Ernest Steinkellner, reviewed by Hubert Decleer, p. 75

Sunyatasaptativrtti: Candrakirtis Kommentar zu den"Siebzig Versen uber die Leerheit' des Nagarjuna (Karikas 1-14), introduced, translated and edited by Felix Er, reviewed by Alpo Ratia, p. 84

Tibetan Lives: Three Himalayan Autobiographies, edited by Peter Richardus with an Historical Foreword by Alex McKay.
The Healing Power of Mind: Simple Meditation Exercises for Health,

Well-Being, and Enlightenment by Tulku Thondup, reviewed by Gareth Sparham, p. 89

Healing Anger: the Power of Patience from a Buddhist Perspective by H.H. the Dalai Lama, translated by Geshe Thupten Jinpa
Vast as the Heavens, Deep as the Sea: Verses in Praise of Bodhicitta by Khunu Rinpoche; translated by Thubten Thardo (Gareth Sparham), reviewed by Acarya Sangye T. Naga, p. 92

Tibetan Medicine:"East meets West-West meets East," Jurgen C. Aschoff & Ina Rosing (eds.), reviewed by Sandra Hammerle, p. 94

Dictionary of Tibetan Materia Medica, composed by Dr. Passang Yonten Arya and translated and edited by Dr. Yonten Gyatso, reviewed by Thupten K. Rikey, p. 96

Anything for Tibet: My Beloved Country by Thupten N. Chakrishar, reviewed by Tenzin Sonam, p. 97

Notes and Brief Communications, p. 99

Exhibition Report, p. 125

Obituary, p. 128

Contributors, p. 130

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Erberto Lo Bue, PhD, established the Aniko Collection of Tibetan and Himalayan art in Geneva in 1972, and since then he has organized 13 exhibitions of Asian art in Switzerland, England and Italy. Most of his publications (over one hundred) are related to Asian studies and in particular to Tibetan art. Since 1997 he has been teaching in Istaribill on behalf of the Italian Foreign Office.

Cathy Cantwell, PhD, lectures (part-time) in Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter, and in Social Anthropology at Chaucer College, Canterbury. She is an honorary research fellow at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Namgyal Nyima Dagkar is an independent scholar based at Germany. He has received his traditional education from Bon Monastery, Solan, and has received a Geshi degree (an equivallent of doctorate in Bonology) from there.

Hubert Decleer is the academic director, Tibetan studies for the School of Inter national Training of Brattleboro, Vermont.

Nickolai N. Dudka (information not received.)

Sandra Hammerle is an independent student of Tibetan medicine at Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute, Dharamsala, since 1997 and of Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan language at LTWA since 1996. Previously, she was engaged in social work and in assisting the medical practitioners in Austria.

Toni Huber, Alexander von Humboldt fellow in Tibetan Studies, is now in Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is the author of The Cult of Pure Crystal Mountain. Popular Pilgrimage & Visionary Landscape in Southeast Tibet (New York, Oxford University Press, 1998) and of numerous articles on aspects of Tibetan religions and society. Major works in progress include books on Tibetan hunting culture, Amdo Gendun Chomphel's modern guide-book to Buddhist India, and an edited volume of essays on conceptions of space and place in Tibetan religions.

Thupten Jinpa, PhD (University of Cambridge), was educated according to the traditional Tibetan monastic academic system and received his Geshe Lharam (the Tibetan equivalent to a doctorate in divinity) degree from the Shartse College of Ganden Monastic University, South India. Since 1985, he has been the principal English translator to H. H. the Dalai Lama. Jinpa's published works include the translations of several books by the Dalai Lama and an anthology of Tibetan religious poetry soon to be published by Harper Collins. He is currently the Margret Smith Research Fellow in Eastern Religion at Girton College, University of Cambridge, England.

Bimalendra Kumar, PhD, is the senior lecturer at the department of Pali and Buddhist studies, Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi, and is the author of Theory of Relation in Buddhist Philosophy (Eastern Book Linkers, Delhi, 1998) and several research papers published in leading academic journals in India.

Acarya Sangye T. Naga heads the department of language and literature at the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives (LTWA). He is the author, co-author, trans- lator and co-translator of several LTWA publications. His research on Tibetan traditional grammar will soon be published by the LTWA.

K. Padmanabha, PhD, has specialised in art, art history and iconography. He is the author of several research papers and the Hoysala Sculptures--A Cultural Study and the co-author of Dictionary of Archae-Zoology and The Buddha--His Nirvana and Mahapari Nirvana. He took part in several achaeological explorations and excavat- ions such as the explorations in Rayalaseema and Telengana regions, Peddavegi (West Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh) and Mandoli (in Delhi). In recognition of his scholarly achievements the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, elected him as its Fellow in November, 1988 (F.R.A.S., London).

Bhikkhu Pasadika, PhD, is an Hon. Professor in the Faculty of Non-European Languages and Cultures, Department of Indology and Tibetology, Philipps University, Marburg. He also lectures on Buddhism at Kassel University, Department of Theology and Religious Studies. He is a member of Institut de recherche bouddhique Linh-Son at Joinville-le-Pont (Paris) and of the Editorial Board of Tibet Journal. In addition, he assists in editing Buddhist Studies Review, London.

Luciano Petech is Professor Emeritus of East Asian History at the Department of Oriental Studies of the University of Rome, Italy. His range of scholarly activity ranges from Chinese history and relations with South Asia to Indian historical geography. His special field, however, is history of Tibet and of the Himalayan countries-the first of his many books and articles on this subject going as far back as 1939. He was President of the International Association for Tibetan Studies for two terms (1989-1995).

Massimiliano A. Polichetti, PhD, is the co-curator in the National Museum of Oriental Art in Rome for the Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian sectors. Since 1980 he has been holding lectures on the history of art and philosophy of religions; from 1988 to 1990 he was researcher in the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi; and in 1992 he was entrusted by the Italian Ministry of Culture to keep in India lectures on comparative history of art. He has written several papers on specialized magazines, collaborating to many scientific exhibition, and has been the guest editor for the volume on Tibetan Arts of The Tibet Journal.

Alpo Ratia is a research scholar based at Finland in the department of religious studies, Turku University. He holds a degree in Religious Studies from Uppsala University. He pursued further studies at Copenhagen University's Oriental Institute for the Culture and History of India and Tibet. Presently he is preparing his PhD dissertation,"Genres of the Tibetan Buddhist Canon." He has numerous translations to his credit, including the award-winning monograph, Oral Repertoire and World View.

Fabrizio Torricelli holds a degree in Japanese Literature from Florence University. His research is mainly focussed on the Indo-Tibetan texts which document the philosophical thought and the ascetic techniques used amongst the Buddhist siddhas in the centuries spanning from the first and the second millenium. Associate member of the IsMEO (Rome), he has several papers on Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism to his credit.

Perna Tsering, a deputy secretary at the Department of Information and Inter national Relations, Central Tibetan Administration, Dharamsala, is the author of Gangs seng 'tshol du phyin pa: slob ma'i dus skabs (1985-1993) kyi bris rtsom phyogs sgrig, a collection of poems and other compositions of his school years (1985-93).

Tenzin Sonam holds a bachelors degree in sociology from the National Indra. Gandhi Open University, New Delhi, and is the editorial assistant at the English publication department, LTWA.

Gareth Sparham received his doctorate in Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia and is presently associated with the Buddhist Dialectic Institute in McLeod Gang, India. He is the author of numerous publications, including the latest book, The Filfillment of All Hopes: Guru Devotion in Tibetan Buddhism, Wisdom Publications, 1999.

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).

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