By Hugh Richardson, David Snellgrove

Drawn from inscriptions and texts one of the fundamental assets of Tibet, India, China and vital Asia, in addition to a wealth of secondary assets throughout the a long time and the authors' own reports, it is a definitive survey of Tibetan background, faith and its wealthy, advanced tradition. Drawn from inscriptions and texts one of the basic assets of Tibet, India, China and primary Asia, in addition to a wealth of secondary resources throughout the a while and the authors' own stories, it is a definitive survey of Tibetan heritage, faith and its wealthy, complicated

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Vhoever, great or small, argues in that way, you arc not to ac t accordingly. ' (above) The stone pillar in L hasa which bears a bilingual inscription recording the treaty made in 821/822 between China and Tibet (below) A group of eighth - to ni nth-century chapels at gNos-gsa;' between Gyantse and Shigatse (above) Tomb of rNgog Blo-ldtm shes-Tah (eleventh century). An early example of a tiled pagoda-style roof combined with normal Tibetan building (see pages 141 and 160) (helow) The monastery of R va-sgreng, founded in 1056 by 'Brom-ston, who lived there until his death in 106...

The simplest and most common type is diamond-shaped, consisting simply of crossed sticks with threads connecting the arms, but far more complex ones, wheel-shaped or box-shaped or a combination of several different shapes, may be employed. The god or demon is caught in this device like a bird in a cage. He is given his ransom-offerin gs, a~d then dismissed by being hurled away. These contraptions are still used by the T ibetans, usually nowadays as part of Buddhist ceremonies, but their use goes presumably back to pre-Buddhist times.

Their military prowess is duly and sincerely admired; the size of their armies is frequently recorded, and probably inflated; their persistent and skilful methods in securing what they want are remarked on, and we have seen from a quotation (page 31) that some Chinese ministers warned against letting the Tibetans have copies of Chinese literary works in case they learned too much ; we may fairly presume that at this early period there were a few Tibetan scholars of literary Chinese at the Tibetan court.

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