By Hugh Richardson, David Snellgrove
Drawn from inscriptions and texts one of the fundamental resources of Tibet, India, China and relevant Asia, in addition to a wealth of secondary resources in the course of the a while and the authors' own stories, this can be a definitive survey of Tibetan background, faith and its wealthy, advanced tradition. Drawn from inscriptions and texts one of the fundamental resources of Tibet, India, China and important Asia, in addition to a wealth of secondary resources in the course of the a long time and the authors' own studies, this can be a definitive survey of Tibetan heritage, faith and its wealthy, advanced
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We must now go back over the ground already covered and trace the development of Indian religious influen ce. In any case this subject is so complex that it requires separate con sideration. Chapter 2 Introduction of Buddhism Previous Developments in india Nowadays we think of Tibet as preserving a strange form of Buddhist civilization, isolated culturally from her neighbours, who for the most part are indifferent or even hostile to Buddhism in any form. The one small exception are the Newar Buddhists of Nepal, who, like the Tibetans, represent a strange survival of Indian Buddhist civilization, which since about AD 1200 has disappeared almost entirely from the land of its origin.
Massive inward-sloping walls are typical of Tibetan buildings from the earliest times onwards (cm tTt) The fif1lt Tibetan monastery at bSam-yas, founded in the eighth century. po-rgyab, an eighth-century chapel near bSam-yas. khang. cung stone pillar at R a-mo-sgang near,Lhasa. It has an elaborate fluted stone canopy and a shell-like finial . T he base is decorated by a Chinese-inspired mountain design (above) Extract of the sKar-cung inscription (see previous page). T his temple was founded, and the stone inscription set up, by Ki ng K hri-lde-srong-brtsan in the early ninth century.
The food that has fallen to my lot Is fish and wheat. I wonder, is it good as food? Fish and wheat are hard to eat. The animals that have fallen to my lot Are wild deer and wild asses. Are they suitable to take to pasture ? These deer and asses are too wild to care for. t A common feature of this early pOetry is the constant use of metaphorical allusions Mamfestation of Tibetan Power 61 which have sometimes lost all meaning for us. Sometimes these songs are in the form of a challenge and reply between two rivals, in which the taunts are concealed by the use of metaphor.
A Cultural History of Tibet by Hugh Richardson, David Snellgrove