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Ancient Tibet
Research Materials from the Yeshe De Project

Ancient Tibet: Research Materials from the Yeshe De Project


 

Surrounded by snow-covered peaks that rise against brilliant turquoise skies, the land of Tibet is a reflection of the natural power and beauty of the earth. In this peaceful atmosphere many centuries ago, the Tibetan people created a remarkable civilization, inspired both by the power of nature and the most profound religious traditions of mankind. This deeply spiritual culture continues even today, for Tibetan people all over the world share an ancient heritage.

Ancient Tibet offers an introductory history of this land and its people, covering the earliest periods of Tibetan history up to the ninth century. The formation of the land and the evolution of the environment over geologic time are described in summaries of recent scientific research on the Tibetan plateau. The origin and development of the Tibetan tribes and their early kings are discussed, following the accounts of authoritative Tibetan histories. A survey of the political and cultural accomplishments of the Tibetan people in the era of the Dharma Kings is based on eighth and ninth century Tibetan documents as well as the records of Tibet's neighbors and other sources.

This survey of the oldest periods of Tibetan history gives the general reader a balanced overview and provides a good background for those interested in the further study of Tibetan culture and civilization.

381 pages. Hardcover.
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An account of Tibet from geologic times to the end of the era of Dharma Kings, based on historical records and modern scientific research, this work traces the geological development of the land, the early tribes and their unification under a series of powerful kings, and events surrounding the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet.


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