The Tibet Journal
Women of Tibet

Summer Vol. XXII, No. 2 1997

[Articles] [Book Reviews] [Brief Book Reviews] [Conference Report] [Contributors]

"The Meaning of Liberation: Representations of Tibetan Women," Charlene Makley, p.4

"Unfocussed Merit-Making in Zangskar: A Socio-Economic Account of Karsha Nunnery," Kim Gutschow, p. 30

"A Drop from an Ocean: The Status of Women in Tibetan Society," Tsering Chotsho, Trans. Sonam Tsering, p. 59

"A Discussion on Some Great Women in Tibetan History," Migyur Dorjee Madrong Trans. Sonam Tsering, p. 69

Dakinis, Zur Stellung und Symbolik des Weiblichen im tantrischen Buddhismus by Adelheid Herrmann-Pfandt, Reviewed by Bhikkhu Pasadika, p. 91

Meeting the Great Bliss Queen: Buddhists, Feminists and the Art of the Self, by Anne Carolyn Klein, Reviewed by Cathy Cantwell, p. 97

Buddhism Through American Women's Eyes, edited by Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Reviewed by Cathy Cantwell, p. 99

Dzogchen: The Self Perfected State, by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, Reviewed by Gareth Sparham, p. 101

Myriad Worlds Buddhist Cosmology in Abhidharma, Kalacakra and Dzog-chen, by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye, Reviewed by Gareth Sparham, p. 102

The Door of Liberation Essential Teachings of Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, by Geshe Wangyal, Reviewed by Acarya Sangye T. Naga, p. 104

Meditation on Emptiness, by Jeffrey Hopkins, Reviewed by Paul Donnelly, p. 106

The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika, by Jay L. Garfield, Reviewed by Kevin Schilbrack, p. 107

Brief Book Reviews
Vaidalyaprakarana Nagarjuna's Refutation of Logic (Nyaya), by Fernando Tola & Carmen Dragonetti, Reviewed by Gareth Sparham, p. 110

Buddhist Monastic Discipline: The Sanskrit Pratimoksa Sutras of the Mahasamghikas and Mulasarvastivadins, by Charles S. Prebish, Reviewed by Gareth Sparham, p. 110

Conference Report
Seminar "Pilgrimage in Tibet" International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) Leiden, The Netherlands12-13 September 1996, P. C. Verhagen, p. 111


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Cathy Cantwell is the lecturer (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 and has a PhD based on research with Tibetan refugees in India.

Tsering Chotsho is a scholar in Tibet.

Paul Bryan Donnelly is a doctoral candidate in the Buddhist studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying with Geshe Lhundup Sopa of Sera Je monastery. He spent the 1995-96 academic year in India on a Fulbright grant during which time he studied at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath and also in Dharamsala. He is working on Tsong kha pa's commentary on Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika. the Rig pa'i rgya mtsho.

Kim Gutschow (M.A.) is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University, writing a dissertation on Zanskari nuns. Her publications include: 1994, "View From a Nunnery Rooftop," Ladags Melong. Vol.1(1); 1995, "The Power of Compassion or The Power of Rhetoric?: A Report on Sakyadhita's 4th International Conference on Buddhist Women," Himal, Vol.8 (6); in press, "Kinship in Zangskar: Idiom and Practice," forthcoming in the Recent Research on Ladakh 5: Proceedings of the 5th Colloquium on Ladakh Studies, ed. by Denwood and Osmaston, London: School of African and Oriental Studies; in press, "A Case of Madness or 'Wind Disorder' in Zangskar," forthcoming in the Recent Research on Ladakh 7: Proceedings of the 7th International Colloquium on Ladakh Studies, ed. by T. Dodin, New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass; in press, "Lords of the Fort, Lords of the Water, and No Lords at All: A Comparison of Irrigation in Three Tibetan Societies," in Recent Research on Ladakh 6: Proceedings of the 6th International Colloquium on Ladakh Studies, ed. by H. Osmaston and Ngawang Tsering, New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass; in press, "Hydrologic in the Western Himalaya: Several Case Studies From Zangskar," forthcoming in the Culture Area Karakorum Studies. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Karakorum-Hindukush-Himalaya: Dynamics of Change, ed. by I. Stellrecht, Tuebingen: University Press.

Migyur Dorjee Madrong is a scholar in Tibet.

Charlene Makley is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at theUniversity of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has recently returned from 18 months of dissertation fieldwork on gender and monastic revitalization among AmdoTibetans in the PRC. Her interests include Amdo regional history, Amdo dialectology, theories of religion and ritual, gender studies, linguistic anthropology, and feminist theory.

Acarya Sangye T. Naga heads the Department of Language and Literature of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala. He holds a Master's degree (Acarya) in Tibetan studies from the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi, India. He is the co-author of Tibetan Quadrasyllabics: Phrases and Idioms, the translator of rGya gar rang srid rang skyong (a Tibetan translation of Mahatma Gandhi's Hind Swaraj) and the co-translator of Dispute between Tea and

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Chang and The Life of the Mahasiddha Tilopa. Also, he has published several articles and book reviews in Tibetan as well as in English.

Bhikkhu Pasadika 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 holds a PhD from Punjabi University, Patiala, in Buddhist Studies and a master's degree in Pali from Magadh University, Bodh Gaya. 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 appearing in London.

Kevin Schilbrack (PhD from the University of Chicago) is assistant professor of philosophy and religion at Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia, U.S.A.

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.

Sonam Tsering, deputy research scholar and translator at the Research and Translation Department of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (Dharamsala, India), holds a Master's degree (Acdrya) in Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan Studies from the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi.

Dr. Pieter Cornelis Verhagen is lecturer in Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the Department of Languages and Cultures of South and Central Asia, Leiden University. His major publications include A History of Sanskrit Grammatical Literature in Tibet. Volume I: Transmission of the Canocial Literature (Leiden, 1994), "'Royal' Patronage of Sanskrit Grammatical Studies in Tibet" (1992), "A Ninth-Century Tibetan Summary of the Indo-Tibetan Model of Case-semantics" (1992), "Mantras and Grammar. Observations on the study of the linguistical aspects of Buddhist 'esoteric formulas' in Tibet" (1993), "Influence of Indic vydkarana on Tibetan indigenous grammar" (1996), and two on going series of articles, "Studies in Tibetan Indigenous Grammar" and "Tibetan Expertise in Sanskrit Grammar." His current research focuses on the Tibetan literature on Sanskrit grammar, indigenous Tibetan grammar, and the application of linguistic disciplines in Tibetan Buddhist exegesis.

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