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Sources of Tibetan Tradition

Book Launch

Sunday, March 3, 2013
3:00 PM–4:30 PM

Editors Matthew T. Kapstein andGray Tuttletalk aboutSources of Tibetan Tradition, the most comprehensive collection of Tibetan works in a Western language. This volumeilluminates the complex historical, intellectual, and social development of Tibetan civilization from its beginnings to the modern period. Including more than 180 representative writings, Sources of Tibetan Tradition spans Tibet’s vast geography and long history, presenting for the first time a diversity of works by religious and political leaders, scholastic philosophers and contemplative hermits, monks and nuns, poets and artists, and aristocrats and commoners. The selected readings reflect the profound role of Buddhist sources in shaping Tibetan culture while illustrating other major areas of knowledge. The book is available at the Shop for $40.00 (softcover) and Kapstein and Tuttle will be available to sign copies after the program.

About the Speakers

Matthew T. Kapstein is director of Tibetan Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris and Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Tibetans and The Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhism: Conversion, Contestation, and Memory. Gray Tuttle is the Leila Hadley Luce Associate Professor of Modern Tibet in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. He is the author of Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China and the editor of Mapping the Modern in Tibet. With Kurtis R. Schaeffer he is coeditor of The Tibetan History Reader.