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Tibetan Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

Matthew T. Kapstein

24 October 2013

ISBN: 9780199735129

152 pages

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99



What does Tibetan Buddhism teach? Just what is the position of the Dalai Lama, and how will his succession be assured? This Very Short Introduction offers a brief account responding to these questions and more, in terms that are easily accessible to those who are curious to learn the most essential features of Tibetan Buddhist history, teachings, and practice.

  • Provides an objective overview of the history and doctrines of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition
  • Looks into what the position of the Dalai Lama is
  • Explores how Tibetan Buddhism has spread across the world
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over six million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Matthew T. Kapstein, Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies, The University of Chicago Divinity School, USA

Director of Studies, Tibetan Religions, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, The Sorbonne and Numata Visiting Professor, The Divinity School, University of Chicago

Table of Contents

    1. The World of Men, Demons, and Gods
    2. Sources of Tibetan Religious Traditions
    3. The Growth of the Orders and Schools
    4. Spiritual Exercise and the Path of the Bodhisattva
    5. Philosophical Developments and Disputes
    6. Enlightenment in this Body and Life
    7. Dying and Death
    8. Tibetan Buddhism Today
    Appendix: The Nine Ways of Buddhism and of Bön