Contributions on Tibetan Language, History, Culture and Buddhist Religion and Philosophy (2 Volumes)

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Item Code: IDE588
Author: Ed. By. Ernst Steinkellner and Helmut Tauscher
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 1995
ISBN: 8120810392
Pages: 813 (Color Illus: 13, B & W Illus: 17)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9.8" X 6.7"
Weight 1.70 kg
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From the Jacket:

The Csoma de Koros - Symposium on Tibetan, Central Asian and Buddhist Studies held at Velm near Vienna in 1981 demonstrated the quickly expanding development of the more and more differentiated field of Tibetan Studies. Alongside of the traditionally established fields of tibetological research, history, cultural history, linguistic, and literature, the new presence of research in the original theoretical contribution of the Tibetans within their religious and philosophical culture was a distinguishing feature of this conference.

That the originality of the Tibetan masters goes well beyond their fascinating achievements in Buddhist exegesis, is clearly recognized. It is the contents, variety, details and significance of their theoretical thought that are now to be defined and explained on the basis of critical philological work and historical interpretation.

Fifty-eight scholars from East and West participated in the meeting, and 48 original papers - 37 in English, 9 in German, 2 in French - are presented in the two systematically divided volumes of the proceedings. Both volumes went quickly out of print. Only the present reprint makes this recent significant step in the development of Tibetan Studies available to the general public.

About the Author:

Ernst Steinkellner is Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Vienna. His main research interests are in the Buddhist epistemological tradition and the early periods of indigenous Tibetan philosophical literature.

Helmut Tauscher is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna. His main research is devoted to the study of Indian and Tibetan Madhyamaka thought.


The csoma de koros-symposium held at velm-vinenna in 1981 gives further proof of the worldwide expanding development of a more and more differentiated Tibetology. Alongside of the traditionally established divisions of Tibetological research it is the new presence of the study of the theoretical efforts and traditions within Tibetan religious and philosophy which we are temped to note as a distinguishing feature of the symposium at Velm-Vienna.

This hitherto sometimes problematic division of tibetological research is finally emerging as a valid means of approaching the specific meaning and import of Tibetan Culture. The new general accessibility of most of the important literary documents a noticeable effort to overcome the useless partiality for either an interpretation indigenous sources only and the increasing application of a critical historical methodology combined with the progress of sound philological conceptions in editorial works signify a new period of research in these studies.

That the originality of the Tibetan masters goes well beyond their fascinating achievements in Buddhist exegesis only has clearly been recongnized. But the contents variety, details, and general import of their theoretical thought are yet to be defined and explained on the basis of a philological preparation and interpretation of the sources for most of the available masters and traditions.

To render the proceedings more easily accessible to a larger public we decided to publish them systematically divided in two volumes and we gratefully acknowledge the expert advice of D. Seyfort Ruegg in this matter.

Of the papers delivered at the symposium kolmas paper was published separately ad no.9 of our series (Ferdinand Stoliczka) (1838-1874). The life and work of the Czech explorer in India and High Asia wien (1982). The papers of Csetri Finckh and the second paper of wang could not be presented at the symposium for various reasons. While some of the references in the texts of the papers are related to the time of the conference the footnotes often include references of a later date too.

We would finally like to thank prof. Wang Yao for writing the Chinese characters Ms. Monika pemwieser for the care and attentive interest with which she typed and corrected these Proceedings. Mr. Michael Egger for his share in correcting and providing the graphs, Dr. Torsteen much, Dr. Janos Sxerb and Mr. helmut Krasser for their share in Proof reading and Mr. Ernst Ecvar, our printer for his good advice and pecuniary patience.


Vol. 1

C.I. Beckwith,The revolt of 755 in Tibet1
F.A. Bischoff,Die Wu T'ai Shan Darstellung von 184617
G.E. Clarke,The Great and Little Traditions in the study of Yolmo, Nepal21
E. Csetri,Korosi Csoma Sandor's training for oriental studies in Transylvania39
H. Eimer,Die Auffindung des bKa' chems ka khol ma. Quellen-kritische Uberlegungen45
H. Eimer,Einige Ergebnisse der Kanjurforschung im Uberblick53
R.E. Emmerick,Some lexical items from the siddhasara61
E. Finckh,Tibetische Heilkunde. Im Westen anwendbar?69
M. Helffer,Les instruments de musique lies a la pratique des tantra, d'apres un texte de kun grol grags ps, 'Ja' mtshon snin po83
G. Kara,On Grum-Grzimajlo's sBra nag glossary109
J. Karsten,A note on ya sor and the secular festivals following the sMon lam chen mo117
P. Klafkowski,Towards the complete history of the Tibetan Bible the Lord's Prayer in different translations151
P. Klafkowski,"…but they don't have any literature!" or a few words on the Rong (Lepcha) heritage163
Fang Kuei Li,Notes on stag sgra Klu khong175
R.A. Miller,Thon mi Sambhota and his grammatical treatises reconsidered183
Ngawangthondup Narkyid,The origin of the Tibetan script207
Thubten J. Norbu,Gungthangpa's text in colloquial Amdowa221
A. Rona-Tas,Linguistic notes on an Amdowa text243
J.L. Panglung,Die Uberreste des Klosters Nar ma in Ladakh281
A. Pinsker S.J.,Mitteilungen des Jesuiten Johann Grueber uber Tibet289
D. Schuh,Zum Entstehungsproze von Urkunden in den tibetischen Herrscherkanzleien303
B. Shefts Chang and Kun Chang,Tense and aspect in spoken Tibetan329
E. Sperling,Did the early Ming emperors attempt to implement a "divide and rule" policy in Tibet?339
H. Stang,The naming of Cinggis: the new-old View357
J. Szerb,A note on the Tibetan-Uigur treaty of 822/823 A.D.375
H. Uebach,Reisebegleitschreiben der Panchen Lamas fur Geistliche aus Ladakh389
G. Uray,Tibet's connections with Nestorianism and Manicheism in the 8th-10th centuries399
Wang Yao,Fragments from historical records about the life of Emperor Gongdi of the Song Dynasty431
Wang Yao,A study on the ancient pronunciations of the word mig in Tibetan - currently on the occurrence and the development of the tones in Tibetan449

Vol. 2: Contribution on Tibetan and Buddhist Religion and Philosophy


Achok Rimpoche,The importance of love and compassion in Buddhism1
M. Broido,bshad thabs : some Tibetan methods of explaining the tantras15
E. De Rossi-Filibeck,The transmission lineage of the gCod teaching according to the 2nd Dalai Lama47
S. Dietz,The author of the Suhrllekha59
M. Kalff,rGyal tshab rje's interretation of the Astinasti-vyatikrama in Nagarjuna's Ratnavali73
S.G. Karmay,Un temoignage sur le Bon face au Bouddhisme a l'epoque des rois tibetains89
N. Katz,Tibetan hermeneutics and the yana controversy107
L.S. Kawamura,The Aksayamatinirdesasutra and Mi pham's mKhas 'jug131
Ch. Lindtner,Nagarjuna's Vyavaharasiddhi147
K. Mimaki,The Blo gsal grub mtha', and the Madhyamika classification in Tibetan grub mtha' literature161
O.H. Pind,Emptiness - towards a semiotic determination of emptiness in Madhyamika discourse169
D. Seyfort Ruegg,On the thesis and assertion in the Madhyamaka/dBu ma205
M. Sato,Die Madhyamaka-Philosophie der Sa skya pa-Schule - Red mda' ba gZon nu blo gros243
L. Schmithausen,The Darsanamarga section of the Abhidharma-samuccaya and its interpretation by Tibetan Commentators (with special reference to Bu ston Rin chen grub)259
E. Steinkellner,Tshad ma'I skyes bu. Meaning and historical significance of the term275
J. Takasaki,On the Myan 'das285
H. Tauscher,Some problems of textual history in connection with the Tibetan translations of the Madhyamakavatarah and its commentary293
T. Tillemans,The "neither one nor many" argument for sunyata, and its Tibetan interpretations305
P.M. Williams,On rang rig321

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