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In 1927, Oxford University Press published the first western-language translation of a collection of Tibetan funerary texts (the Great Liberation upon Hearing in the Bardo) under the title The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Since that time, the work has e … weiterlesen
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Titel: The Hidden History of the Tibetan Book of the Dead
Autor/en: Bryan J. Cuevas

ISBN: 019530652X
EAN: 9780195306521
Sprache: Englisch.
OXFORD UNIV PR

März 2006 - kartoniert - 352 Seiten

Beschreibung

In 1927, Oxford University Press published the first western-language translation of a collection of Tibetan funerary texts (the Great Liberation upon Hearing in the Bardo) under the title The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Since that time, the work has established a powerful hold on the western
popular imagination, and is now considered a classic of spiritual literature. Over the years, The Tibetan Book of the Dead has inspired numerous commentaries, an illustrated edition, a play, a video series, and even an opera. Translators, scholars, and popular devotees of the book have claimed to
explain its esoteric ideas and reveal its hidden meaning. Few, however, have uttered a word about its history. Bryan J. Cuevas seeks to fill this gap in our knowledge by offering the first comprehensive historical study of the Great Liberation upon Hearing in the Bardo, and by grounding it firmly
in the context of Tibetan history and culture. He begins by discussing the many ways the texts have been understood (and misunderstood) by westerners, beginning with its first editor, the Oxford-educated anthropologist Walter Y. Evans-Wentz, and continuing through the present day. The remarkable
fame of the book in the west, Cuevas argues, is strikingly disproportionate to how the original Tibetan texts were perceived in their own country. Cuevas tells the story of how The Tibetan Book of the Dead was compiled in Tibet, of the lives of those who preserved and transmitted it, and explores
the history of the rituals through which the life of the dead is imagined in Tibetan society. This book provides not only a fascinating look at a popular and enduring spiritual work, but also a much-needed correctiveto the proliferation of ahistorical scholarship surrounding The Tibetan Book of the
Dead.

Portrait

Bryan J. Cuevas is Assistant Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies in the Department of Religion at Florida State University.

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"Cuevas' achievement lies in his association of a time, place, and likely author(s) with the earliest works, a major step forward in our understanding of this genre. The presentation of the sophisticated religious milieu of the text's 'revealers' is lucid, grounded as it is in a strong command of the literature. Historical developments relating to hagiography, textual transmission, funeral liturgy, and other matters are treated with similar ease...In many ways, this constitutes a model contribution to Tibetan studies." --Religious Studies Review
" ...deserves to be highly recommended as a precious contribution to the field of the fascinating Tibetan Book of the Dead" --Journal of Asian Studies
" ...deserves to be highly recommended as a precious contribution to the field of the fascinating Tibetan Book of the Dead" --Journal of Asian Studies
"Cuevas's book is required reading for anyone seriously interested in the Tibetan Book of the Dead."--Choice
"The Tibetan Book of the Dead is without doubt the Tibetan work best known in the West and in the three-quarters of a century since its initial translation it has won a secure place for itself in the Religious Studies canon. Nevertheless, its actual history and role in Tibetan religious culture have remained topics of ignorance, even among scholars of Buddhism. In The Hidden History of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Bryan Cuevas now masterfully addresses these matters, shedding welcome light on a celebrated book and on Tibetan religious history more generally."--Matthew Kapstein, Professor, The University of Chicago, Director of Tibetan Studies, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris
"Works that are considered to be timeless world classics arose at specific times and in specific places. The Tibetan Book of the Dead is one such work, and it is through understanding its time and its place that we can gain new insights into many meanings. In this compelling study, Bryan Cuevas provides a lam
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