Winter 2000 Vol. XXV No.4
Table of Contents
"Sun and Moon Earrings: the Teachings Received by 'Jigs med gling pa," Sam van Schalk p. 3
"Ru thog District before the Chinese Occupation (1900-1958): A Preliminary Study of its Cultural History," Korpon Lobsang Khenrap, p. 33
"India's Trade with Tibet: Early British Attempts," Bir Good Gill, p. 78
Tibetan Studies by Jan Willem de Jong, reviewed by Bhikkhu Pasadika, p. 91
Tibetische Handschriften and Blockdrucke by Peter Schwieger, reviewd by Toni Huber, p.94
Hermit of Go Cliffs: Timeless Instructions from a Tibetan Mystic, Translated and introduced by Cyrus Steams, reviewd by David Templeman, p. 97
The Mouths of People, the Voice of God. Buddhists and Muslims in a Frontier Community of Ladakh by Smriti Srinivas, reviewd by Heinz Raether, p. 99
Tibetan Border Worlds: A Geohistorical Analysis of Trade and Traders by Wim van Spengen, reviewd by Geoff Childs, p. 100
Contributors, p. 84
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Geoff Childs is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Demography Program, Research School of Social Science, the Australian National University, Canberra.
Bir Good Gill, PhD, teaches history at the Guru Nanak University, Amritsar (India). His publications include "Trade and Diplomacy in Eastern Turkistan 1864-78," India Past and Present, Vol.3,1986.
Toni Huber is Alexander von Humboldt fellow in Tibetan Studies at the Humboldt University, Berlin. 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 also numerous articles on aspects of Tibetan religions and society. Major works include books on Tibetan hunting culture, Amdo Gendun Chomphel's Guide to India (LTWA, 2000), Essays on Conceptions of Space and Place in Tibetan Religions (LTWA, 1999).
Korpon Lobsang Khenrap holds a master's degree in Tibetan and Buddhist studies from the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Varanasi (India) and had stayed two years in the University of Virginia (USA) as a visiting scholar. His major research on cultural history of Ru thog will soon be published in Tibetan language.
Bhikkhu Pasadika is Hon. Professor in the Faculty of Non-European Languages and Cultures, Dept. of Indology and Tibetology, Philipp's University, Marburg. Since 1996 he has also been teaching Sanskrit, Pali and Classical Tibetan at Wiirzburg University. 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 the Tibet Journal. In addition, he assists in editing Buddhist Studies Review, journal of the UK Association for Buddhist Studies, appearing in London.
Heinz Raether, MA, worked mainly on social change in Tibetan exile society, his other interests being Western perceptions of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhist iconography. He is co-editor of Mythos Tibet, and its forthcoming English edition. Presently he works on his PhD thesis on present-day Ladakhi pilgrimage in a research program at Ulm University, Germany.
Deborah Klimburg-Salter is Professor of Asian Art History at the Institute of Art History, University of Vienna. She coordinates a multi-disciplinary research unit on the cultural history of the western Himalayan region 9th - 14th centuries financed by the Austrian Research Funds. She received her PhD from Harvard University and a Dr. Habilitation from Vienna University in 1989. Prior to joining the Institute of Art History she taught at the Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University.of Vienna. For many years she has been Guest Curator for the Tucci Tibetan collections at the National Museum for Oriental Art in Rome, a catalogue is in preparation. Recent publications include the books, Tabo: A Lamp for the Kingdom (Thames and Hudson) and Buddha in Indien (Skira, Milan).
Sam van Schaik currently works for the International Dunhuang Project on a catalogue of Tibetan documents from Central Asia. His PhD thesis, passed in 2000, is on "Simultaneous and Gradual Approaches to Enlightenment in Jigs-med Gling-pa's Klong chen snying thig."
David Templeman's current works nearing completion are Kanga Drolchog's "alternative" Life of Krsnacarya and Taranatha's Life of Buddhaguptanatha, his Indian guru, both to be LTWA publications. His current interest is early Iranian influences on Tibet's culture.
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