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The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness
Simon Wiesenthal
0805210601
January 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
Author Simon Weisenthal recalls his demoralizing life in a concentration camp and his envy of the dead Germans who have sunflowers marking their graves. At the time he assumed his grave would be a mass one, unmarked and forgotten. Then, one day, a dying Nazi soldier asks Weisenthal for forgiveness for his crimes against the Jews. What would you do? This important book and the provocative question it poses is birthing debates, symposiums, and college courses. The Dalai Lama, Harry Wu, Primo Levi, and others who have witnessed genocide and human tyranny answer Wiesenthal's ultimate question on forgiveness. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal
In this 1976 volume, divided into two sections, Wiesenthal tackles the question of the...


Buddha's Not Smiling : Uncovering Corruption at the Heart of Tibetan Buddhism Today
Erik D. Curren
0977225305
February 22, 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In 1981, the 16th Karmapa—leading lama of the Karma Kagyu branch of Tibetan Buddhism—died. In a highly biased but fascinating account, first-time author Curren describes the controversy over the Karmapa's succession that still rages today. After the 16th Karmapa's death, two different factions arose, each naming a different boy the 17th Karmapa: Ogyen Trinley, supported by several Karma Kagyu leaders and the Dalai Lama, and Trinley Thaye, whom the second-ranking Kama Kagyu lama, Shamar Rinpoche, believes to be the true Karmapa. While most previous accounts of the controversy have favored Ogyen Trinley, Curren—who acknowledges early on that he is a student of Shamar Rinpoche—believes Ogyen Trinley to be a fraud. Curren is quite critical of the Dalai Lama, suggesting that His Holiness should...


Himmler's Crusade
Christopher Hale
0471262927
Oct 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
"As the Indiana Jones films showed, Nazis, new age mumbo-jumbo and exotic locations are a formula that works. Christopher Hale's gripping and well-researched tale of an SS-sponsored scientific mission to Tibet in 1938-39 has the whole shebang: mad occult beliefs, mountains, strange charactors called Bruno or Ernst and stomach-churning concentration camp experiments to round things off."
The Sunday Times (London)

A scientific expedition or a sinister mission?

Why would the leader of the Nazi’s dreaded SS, the second-most-powerful man in the Third Reich, send a zoologist, an anthropologist, and several other scientists to Tibet on the eve of war? Himmler’s Crusade tells the bizarre and chilling story one of history’s most perverse, eccentric, and...



Discoveries
Francoise Pommaret
0810991128
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
For centuries, Tibet has been known as an exotic land, and its people famed for their tolerance and great spirituality. This quiet, beautiful region has been occupied by the Chinese since 1949. Before the Chinese invaded, Tibet had been living peacefully under the rule of a succession of Dalai and Panchen Lamas. This illuminating account by cultural anthropologist Francoise Pommaret examines the turbulent and painful history of this country and its gentle people's continuing struggle for independence.


Symbols of Tibetan Buddhism
Claude B. Levenson
0760742367
June 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Philosophy or religion, way of life or way of being, Buddhism never ceases to intrigue. Its many aspects bear witness to the diversity of its paths, and its innumerable aspects can disorient the newcomer. Its essence is simple, however, a deep root common to all those searching for knowledge: a man, anchored in a moment of history, who awakened to affirm that it's within everyone's power to attain wisdom. The renewed interest that Buddhism has enjoyed over the past years, led by its spiritual and tempral guide the Dalai Lama, has made it possible to approach the meaning and origins of his teaching. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or...


Seven Years in Tibet
Heinrich Harrer
0874778883
August 25, 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
Originally published in 1953, this adventure classic recounts Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer's 1943 escape from a British internment camp in India, his daring trek across the Himalayas, and his happy sojourn in Tibet, then, as now, a remote land little visited by foreigners. Warmly welcomed, he eventually became tutor to the Dalai Lama, teenaged god-king of the theocratic nation. The author's vivid descriptions of Tibetan rites and customs capture its unique traditions before the Chinese invasion in 1950, which prompted Harrer's departure. A 1996 epilogue details the genocidal havoc wrought over the past half-century. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From AudioFile
In this fascinating memoir Pigott-Smith's intonations reveal practically...


Understanding China: A Guide to China's Economy, History and Political Culture
John Bryan Bryan Starr
0809094894
March 2001
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Lucian W. Pye, The New York Times
"An excellent introduction to China... concise information about that ... country. Packed with facts and figures... enlivened with firsthand observations."

Review
"An excellent introduction to China for anyone in search of solid but concise information about that complicated country. Packed with facts and figures, but enlivened with firsthand observations."--Lucian W. Pye, The New York Times

"Invaluable . . . Provides substantial coverage of the relationships between China's history and present-day system."--MultiCultural Review

"An impressive and comprehensive survey of mainland China's geography, political structure, military establishment, economics, and recent history. Invaluable and indispensable reading for students of...


Tibet, Tibet
Patrick French
1400041007
Oct 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
French first encountered the Dalai Lama as an English schoolboy, sparking a deep interest that led to his leadership of the Free Tibet Campaign. But after the 1999 journey recounted in this travel memoir and political history, he's pessimistic about whether outside agitation does anything other than harden the hearts of the occupying Chinese government. The grim depiction of a people living under "constant mental supervision" offers little hope, implicitly suggesting Tibet can never be free unless China is free as well. Though every interview is potentially life-threatening for the Tibetans, they share powerful stories of the abuse they suffered during the Cultural Revolution. (And amazingly, the author manages to walk right into the hospital room of a former political leader.) The historical sections have much...


A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage (A Spiritual History of the Teachings of Natural Great Perfection)
Nyoshul Khenpo Jamyang Dorje, Richard Barron (Translator)
1881847411
November 1, 2005
Hardcover
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Buddhadharma--Winter 2005--Benjamin Bogin
Nyoshul Khenpo was a brilliant scholar and storyteller, reflected in his exhaustive historical research and inspiring stories from oral traditions.

Book Description
A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage is the only comprehensive history of the Nyingtik lineage, which forms the core of the body of teachings known as Dzogchen (Great Perfection) in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It was written by the late Nyoshul Khen Rinpoché, Jamyang Dorjé (1931-1999), one of the most outstanding and knowledgeable exponents of Dzogchen. In this work, framed as a series of biographical accounts, Nyoshul Khenpo provides a wealth of information invaluable to spiritual practitioners as well as to historians...


Mountains of Tibet
Mordicai Gerstein
0064432114
September 1989
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A tenderly told story about an old woodcutter and his choices when he faces the chance to live life over again. Ages 7-up. Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 2 Up This story of the death and reincarnation of a Tibetan woodcutter is a beautifully gentle look at one human being dealing with life's choices and possibilities. As a boy, he thought about other worlds that he would someday visit; as a man, he thought of other countries and people, yet ``he was always busy with his work and his wife and children.'' After his death, he is given the option of being part of ``the endless universe some call heaven'' or living another life, and he chooses another life. The choices which follow take him through all the galaxies, stars,...


The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs
Robert Beer
157062416X
October 12, 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
Tibetan Buddhism has one of the most complex iconographies of any religion. Robert Beer, the artist who brought to life the saints of Tibetan Buddhism in Buddhist Masters of Enchantment, has now brought the myriad symbols of Tibetan Buddhist art to life. Not exactly arranged like an encyclopedia, this book is more like a tour of the categories of Tibetan Buddhist symbols, beginning with Landscape Elements (rocks, clouds, rainbows, etc.); moving on to such areas as Flowers and Trees, Cosmology, and Mudras (hand gestures); and ending with Geometric Borders. Exquisitely detailed line drawings (using fine-pointed traditional brushes) are grouped on full-size plates, each of which the author tells us took between 50 and 200 hours to draw. The eight years that went into this book are revealed not only in the drawings but also in...


The Dragon in the Land of Snows
Tsering
0140196153
Oct 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Long isolated by virtue of its remoteness and its government's suspicion of outsiders, Tibet was drawn a century ago into an uneasy alliance with Great Britain. In the bargain, the British gained a buffer state between its Indian colonies and China, while the Tibetans gained some measure of protection against Chinese encroachment. With the end in 1947 of British rule in India, Tibet was left defenseless, and China lost no time in claiming Tibet as its own, invading the mountainous kingdom in 1949. China has ruled Tibet as a colony ever since, settling ever larger numbers of ethnic Chinese there in order to establish a majority over the original occupants.

Thanks to the decades-long efforts of the exiled Dalai Lama, the Tibetan demand for sovereignty is well known throughout the world today. Readers seeking a deeper...



Lhasa: Streets with Memories
Robert Barnett
0231136803
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A Columbia University lecturer in modern Tibetan studies who's taught at Tibet University and written extensively about Tibet, Barnett has no intention of explaining Tibet to anyone. After all, for more than a century, foreigners have described the Tibet they thought they knew, propagating either unwitting or deliberate misapprehensions. So it's with reluctance and some negativity ("Lhasa was not in every way an otherworldly place") that Barnett attempts "to scrape a little of the topsoil off the affective history of a city, Lhasa," to discover its "inner language." The book's chapters have loose themes—foreigners' views of Tibet, Lhasa's geomantic layout, evolving architectural styles—and are usually spliced with diary accounts from Barnett's visit during the 1987 protest riots. Much of the book...


History as Propaganda
John Powers
0195174267
Oct 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Despite Chinese efforts to stop foreign countries from granting him visas, the Dalai Lama has become one of the most recognizable and best loved people on the planet, drawing enormous crowds wherever he goes. By contrast, China's charismatically-challenged leaders attract crowds of protestors
waving Tibetan flags and shouting "Free Tibet!" whenever they visit foreign countries. By now most Westerners probably think they understand the political situation in Tibet. But, John Powers argues, most Western scholars of Tibet evince a bias in favor of one side or the other in this continuing
struggle. Some of the most emotionally charged rhetoric, says Powers, is found in studies of Tibetan history. narratives.


Deities of Tibetan Buddhism : The Zurich Paintings of the Icons Worthwhile to See
Martin Willson
0861710983

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Book Description
This is the most encyclopedic reference book of Tibetan images of enlightenment ever presented.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Tibetan


In Exile from the Land of Snows: The Definitive Account of the Dalai Lama and Tibet Since the Chinese Conquest
John F. Avedon
0060977418
December 1997
Paperback
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-- New York Times Book Review
"For the curious reader he offers exotica better than that of any Shangri-La."

-- The Los Angeles Times
"What Alexander Solzhenitsyn did for the Soviet Union, John F. Avedon does for Tibet."

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The Dragon in the Land of Snows
Tsering
0231118147
Aug 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
Long isolated by virtue of its remoteness and its government's suspicion of outsiders, Tibet was drawn a century ago into an uneasy alliance with Great Britain. In the bargain, the British gained a buffer state between its Indian colonies and China, while the Tibetans gained some measure of protection against Chinese encroachment. With the end in 1947 of British rule in India, Tibet was left defenseless, and China lost no time in claiming Tibet as its own, invading the mountainous kingdom in 1949. China has ruled Tibet as a colony ever since, settling ever larger numbers of ethnic Chinese there in order to establish a majority over the original occupants.

Thanks to the decades-long efforts of the exiled Dalai Lama, the Tibetan demand for sovereignty is well known throughout the world today. Readers seeking a deeper...



Trespassers on the Roof of the World: The Secret Exploration of Tibet (Kodansha Globe)
Peter Hopkirk
1568360509
June 1995
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Hopkirk (The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia) traces international attempts at breaking Tibet's isolationism since the mid-19th century. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China
Gray Tuttle
0231134460
May 2005
Hardcover
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Review
"Tuttle's extensive original research lends itself to a lively and detailed account... Essential Reading." -- Benjamin Bogin, BUDDHADHARMA
"This book offers a nuanced examination of a complicated relationship... Recommended." -- Choice
"Tuttle approaches this complicated history with courage and clarity of perspective... Tuttle has done us a great service." -- Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, American Historical Review

Review
"In this learned and sympathetic work, Tuttle reveals a fundamentally important slice of history showing how Tibetan and Chinese Buddhists during the Republic built a relationship of mutual respect and interests between the two societies. Perhaps this vision can, once again, serve as the basis for a hopeful re-engagement." -- Prasenjit Duara, University of Chicago,...


In Search of Myths and Heroes: Exploring Four Epic Legends
Michael Wood
0520247248
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
In this compelling new book, accompanying the PBS television series of the same name, historian Michael Wood, whose renowned adventures have taken him to many remote and exciting places around the globe, now goes in search of four powerful legends: Shangri-La, the Golden Fleece, the Queen of Sheba, and the Holy Grail. Gorgeously illustrated by Steve Razzetti, with full-color photographs of some of the most beautiful landscapes and cities on earth, In Search of Myths and Heroes is a series of real journeys to real places and an encounter with the living descendants of the ancient cultures that produced the four legends. From the mountains of Tibet to the coasts of Ethiopia and Yemen to the city of Jerusalem and the far west of Ireland, Wood brings us along as he separates fact from fiction and discovers why these...


The Art of Silver Jewellery : Minorities of China, The Golden Triangle, Mongolia and Tibet
Ren¿ Van Der Star, et al
8876243836
April 4, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book and exhibition presents over 250 silver necklaces, and earrings - objects of ceremonial beauty and originality created by tribal peoples of China. Four catalog essays by leading experts illuminate the context creation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and also provide valuable background information for designers, historians, collectors and dealers. In addition to images of the jewelry itself, the volume includes a selection of collect ethnic textiles and other field photographs that puts the jewelry in full ethnological context. Details information an object includes dimensions, weight, material, function, and area of origin. This sumptuous volume is the most comprehensive study of the region’s jewelry available and is essential for anyone with an interest in the complete heritage of...


Indo-Tibetan Buddhism : Indian Buddhists & Their Tibetan Successors
David Snellgrove
1570629730
March 18, 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
This volume provides a comprehensive survey of Indian Buddhism and its subsequent establishment in Tibet. It concentrates on the tantric period of Buddhist theory and practice, from the eighth to the thirteenth centuries, when the Tibetans were actively engaged in absorbing all they could find of Buddhist culture and religion into their own country. Snellgrove emphasizes on the significant role played by the Central Asian kingdoms along the ancient Silk Route in the gradual process of Tibetan conversion. He draws convincingly upon documents of the time to illustrate the cultural changes that swept Tibet as a result of its rule over an extensive empire from the seventh to the ninth centuries–a period of history largely forgotten by the Tibetans themselves when they later embarked upon the wholesale importation of...


Tibet
Ann Heinrichs
0516201557
July 1997
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
SUMMARY: An overview of Tibet, Roof of the World, whose cruel takeover by the Chinese in 1951 began the darkest period in that country's history.


A CULTURAL HISTORY OF TIBET
Hugh Richardson
1570621020


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Resistance and Reform in Tibet
Robert Barnett
0253311314
Dec 1994
Hardcover
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Tibet
Patricia K. Kummer
0516226932
September 2003
Library Binding
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Tibet
Dawa T. Norbu
0712670637
March 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
In Tibet: The Road Ahead, a gifted Tibetan of humble origins tells the untold story of ordinary Tibetans in the 20th century, before and during the Chinese invasion. As he talks about the possible extinction of a culture, Professor Norbu refutes China's claim that Tibet has been a part of China since the 7th century. He shows that the relationship between the two countries was symbolic and ceremonial, rather than characterized by political domination, and that pre-1950 Tibet enjoyed complete and genuine freedom. In addition, he analyzes recent events in the region, covering nearly half a century of Tibetan history in the process. A book written with scholarship and grace, offering a fresh and informed look at what lies ahead. Professor Dawa Norbu received his doctorate from the University of California; he now teaches...


On the Margins of Tibet
Ashild Kolas
0295984805
May 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The state of Tibetan culture within contemporary China is a highly politicized topic on which reliable information is rare. But what is Tibetan culture and how should it be developed or preserved? The Chinese authorities and the Tibetans in exile present conflicting views on almost every aspect of Tibetan cultural life. Ashild Kolas and Monika Thowsen have gathered an astounding array of data to quantify Tibetan cultural activities--involving Tibetan language, literature, visual arts, museums, performing arts, festivals, and religion. Their study is based on fieldwork and interviews conducted in the ethnic Tibetan areas surrounding the Tibetan Autonomous Region--parts of the Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Gansu, Yunnan, and Qinghai. Aware of the ambiguous nature of information collected in restricted circumstances,...


My Land and My People : The Original Autobiography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet
The Dalai Lama
0446674214
December 1, 1997
Paperback
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-The New York Times Book Review
"A narrative that gains in drama by the simplicity of its telling."

-Stanley Gosh, Saturday Review
"MY LAND AND MY PEOPLE is, without a doubt, one of the most moving memoirs I have ever read."

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