Various texts imported from the Tibetan and Himalayan Library alongside new contributions. These include, among others, Tibetan books on Tibetan Monasteries by region, English essays about monastic cultures, the book Tibetan Literary Genres, modern writing from Qinghai Province, Tibetan children's stories, and so on.
Texts in this collection
The list below includes texts from this Collection’s Subcollections.
If we are to believe later traditions, and there is in my opinion no reason not to do so, the first Tibetan historiographic writings date from Tibet's imperial period (seventh-ninth centuries), which coincided with her relations with the Nepalese, Indians, Arabs, Turks, Uighurs, 'A zha and, above all, Tang China. Only a fragment of this literary corpus, falling into two broad classes, has survived.
In the following essays, Dreyfus provides us with a wonderful introduction to the Tibetan monastic educational system, discussing such topics as memorization, commentary, the educational curriculum, the theory and practice of debate, the schedule of monastic educational institutions, and finally the different geshé degrees awarded.1 Dreyfus’s years of experience as a scholastic monk in the Geluk tradition make his account detailed and accurate. At the same time, his first-hand familiarity with the tradition shines through in every section.