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This book provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to Tibet, its culture and history.* A clear and comprehensive overview of Tibet, its culture and history.* Responds to current interest in Tibet due to continuing publicity about Chinese rule and growing interest in Tibetan Buddhism.* Explains recent events within the context of Tibetan history.* Situates Tibet in relation to other Asian civilizations through the ages.* Draws on the most recent scholarly and archaeological research.* Introduces Tibetan culture - particularly social institutions, religious and political traditions, the arts and medical lore.* An epilogue considers the fragile position of Tibetan civilization in the modern world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780631225744
ISBN-10: 0631225749
Format: Hardback
(240mm x 163mm x 26mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 12-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Matthew T. Kapstein

Matthew T. Kapstein is Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago and Director of Tibetan Studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris. His recent publications include The Presence of Light (2004), Reason's Traces (2001), The Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhism (2000) and Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet (1998).

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