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Title:
The Tibetan book of the great liberation, or, The method of realizing nirvāṇa through knowing the mind : preceded by an epitome of Padma-Sambhava's biography ...
Author:
Evans-Wentz, W. Y. (Walter Yeeling), 1878-1965.
Publication Information:
Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
R, lxiv, 261 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
"First published by Oxford University Press, London, 1954"--T.p. verso.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1400 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780195133158
Format :
Book

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Summary

This volume contains teachings from gurus of Tibet and India that were unkown to the Western world until its first publication in 1954. The book interprets the quintessence of the Supreme Path, the Mahayana, and reveals the yogic method of attaining Enlightenment. The original text of this yoga belongs to the Bardo Thodol series of treatises concerning various methods of attaining transcendence. The whole series is part of the Tantric school of Mahayana, and this particular work is attributed to the legendary Padmasambhava. An account of the great guru's life and doctrines precedes the text itself. Carl Jung's psychological commentary discusses the differences in Eastern and Western modes of thought. For the new reissue, Donald S. Lopez Jr writes a critical foreword to update and contextualize Evans-Wentz's work as an historical artefact contributing to the introduction of Tibetan Buddhism in the West.


Author Notes

Donald S. Lopez is at University of Michigan.


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Library Journal Review

Evans-Wentz, an Oxford professor, produced a number of original studies on Tibetan Buddhism from the 1930s to the 1960s, which went through several editions. Oxford here resurrects four of these works, which now include new forewords and afterwords by scholar Donald S. Lopez who also analyzes the earlier editions. More for academic collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
It Were Better to Live One Single Dayp. x
The Buddha's Sermon on What is True Blessedness?p. xiv
Description of Illustrationsp. xv
The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberationp. xxix
General Introductionp. 1
The Epitome of the Great Guru's Biographyp. 105
Introductionp. 195
Indexp. 255