The Tibet Journal
Autumn Vol. XXII, No. 3 1997

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"Early Tibetan Paper Money," Wolfgang Bertsch, p. 5

"Tibetan Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Returnees and the Refugees Convention -- Predicaments, Problems and Prospects," Kevin Garratt, p. 18

"Paths and Progress: Some Thoughts on Don grub rgyal's 'A Threadlike Path'," March Stevenson, p. 57

"A Threadlike Path, Rang grol (Don grub rgyal)," Trans. Mark Stevenson & Lama Choedak T. Yuthok, p. 61

"Who was 'this evil friend' ('the dog', the 'fool', 'the tyrant') in Gedun Chophel's Sad Song?" Benjamin Bogin & Hubert Decleer, p. 67

Review Articles
The Sa skya Pandita, the White Panacea, and Clerical Buddhism's Current Credibility Crisis, Robert Mayer, p. 79

A Regional Chronicle of Gu ge pu hrang, Luciano Petech, p. 106

Book Reviews
Wholeness Lost and Wholeness Regained: Forgotten Tales of Individuation from Ancient Tibet by Herbert V. Guenther, Reviewed by Kenneth Liberman, p. 112

The Full-Fledged Khyung-chen Bird: An Essay in Freedom as the Dynamics of Being by Klong chen rate 'byams pa Dri med 'od zer, edited, translated, and annotated by Herbert Guenther, Reviewed by Franz-Karl Ehrhard, p. 116

Mind Only: A Philosophical and Doctrinal Analysis of Vijnanavada by Thomas E. Wood, Reviewed by Bimalendra Kumar, p. 119

Everlasting Rain of Nectar: Purification Practice in Tibetan Buddhism by Geshe Jampa Gyatso, Reviewed by Riika Virtanen, p. 120

The Boy Lama by Vicki Mackenzie, Reviewed by Laura Airaksinen, p. 124

Buddhism Through American Women's Eyes edited by Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Reviewed by Lesley A. Northup, p. 126

Bon Its Encounter with Buddhism in Tibet by B.L. Bansal, Reviewed by Gareth Sparham, p. 127

Conference Report
The History of Tibet: New Resources and Perspectives, Roberto Vitali, p. 129

Brief Communications
A Rejoinder to Luciano Petech's Review of Roberto Vitali, The Kingdoms of Pu.hrang, Roberto Vitali , p. 135

Contributors, p. 141

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Laura Airaksinen has an M.A. in Comparative Religion and Sociology from the University of Helsinki, Finland, based on her fieldwork on the mandala symbolism in the settlement of Hunsur, South India. She is doing her Ph.D. studies on the significance of the Tibetan monasteries in exile, and she is freelance lecturer on Buddhism in various high schools and educational institutions for adults in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Wolfgang Bertsch, a scholar of Tibetan studies in Germany, has been doing research on Tibetan coins and paper money since 1974 and has published several articles on this subject in different journals including the Tibet Journal; his latest publication being A Study of Tibetan Paper Money with a Critical Bibliography, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA), 1997.

Benjamin Bogin is a graduate student at Michigan. The present article is a revised and abridged version of his independent study on Gedun Chophel at Urusvat, Naggar, completed during his Tibetan Studies' College Semester Abroad with the School of International Training (SIT).

Hubert Decleer is the academic director, Tibetan Studies for the School of International Training of Brattleboro, Vermont.

Franz-Karl Ehrhard received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Tibetology from Hamburg University. From 1988 to 1993 he was Resident Representative of the Nepal Research Centre and the Nepal-German Manuscript Preservation Project in Kathmandu. At present Wissenschaftlicher Angestellter at Munster University.

Kevin Garratt is a lawyer and holds a Litt.B. in Sanskrit and Tibetan studies from the Australian National University. He is the author of various articles on human rights and migration issues and was a member of the Australian Government Human Rights Delegations to China, 1991 and 1992.

Bimalendra Kumar, M.Phil., Ph.D. (Delhi University), is lecturer in Indo-Tibetan Studies at the Visva Bharati (Shantiniketan University), India, and has published several articles in various scholarly journals in India.

Kenneth B. Liberman, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Oregon, did his Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of California, San Diego. His areas of interest cover a wide range of subjects such as ethnomethodology and phenomenology, Buddhism, race and ethnic relations, language and social interaction and field research methods. In the field of Tibetan studies he has focussed himself especially on the Tibetan practices of reasoning. His numerous publications include over 30 articles and four books (three books for learning the Tibetan language published by LTWA). Also he has contributed several book reviews to a number of scholarly journals and is a member of several learned societies.

Robert Mayer, Ph.D., teaches Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter. He is author of A Scripture of the Ancient Tantra Collection, Kiscadale Press, 1996.

Lesley A. Northup is assistant Professor of religious studies at Florida International University.

Luciano Petech, Professor Emeritus of East Asian History at the University of Rome, Italy. President of the International Association for Tibetan Studies 1989-1995.His 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. Main works: A Study of the Chronicles of Ladakh (1939), China and Tibet in the early 18th century (1950, 1972), Medieval history of Nepal (1958,1984), Aristocracy and government in Tibet (1973), The kingdom of Ladakh 950-1842 A.D. (1977), Central Tibet and the Mongols (1990), and numerous articles, some of which were reprinted in Selected Papers on Asian history (1988).

Rang grol alias Don grub rgyal (1953-1985) was a well-known scholar in Tibet.

Gareth Sparham received his doctorate in Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia and is presently associated with the Buddhist Dialectic Institute in Dharamsala, India.

Mark Stevenson is an Australian trained anthropologist currently writing a Ph.D.thesis on painters of Amdo Rebkong and Chinese cultural policy since 1949. He also lectures on anthropology and Asian cultures and literatures in the Department of Asian Studies and Languages at the Victoria University of Technology in Melbourne.

Riika Virtanen, an M.A. student of Tibetan studies from the University of Copenhagen, has been studying Tibetan language and culture at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, since 1990. Her special fields of interest are modern Tibetan literature and traditional grammatical treatises. Also, she has been assisting the LTWA in editing the Tibet Journal since 1996.

Roberto Vitali is an independent researcher on Tibetan history. He has authored Early Temples of Central Tibet and The Kingdoms of Pu.hrang According to mNga'.ris rgyal.rabs by mKhan.chen Ngag.dbang

Lama Choedak T. Yuthok has taught in many Buddhist centres in Southeast Asia and Australia and is currently spiritual director of Sakya Losal Choe-dzong in Canberra. His work at the Australian National University has focused on the origin of the lam 'bras teachings in India. He has also established the Drogmi Tibetan Translation Service with the intention of making lam 'bras texts more widely available.

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