Buddhism Between Tibet and China

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“This splendid book about the multifaceted Tibetan-Chinese interactions through Buddhism will quickly become established as path-breaking and authoritative in its field.”—Colin Mackerras


Matthew Kapstein

Exploring the long history of cultural exchange between ‘the Roof of the World’ and ‘the Middle Kingdom,’ Buddhism Between Tibet and China features a collection of noteworthy essays that probe the nature of their relationship, spanning from the Tang Dynasty (618–907 CE) to the present day. Annotated and contextualized by noted scholar Matthew Kapstein and others, the historical accounts that comprise this volume display the rich dialogue between Tibet and China in the areas of scholarship, the fine arts, politics, philosophy, and religion. This thoughtful book provides insight into the surprisingly complex history behind the relationship from a variety of geographical regions.

Includes contributions from Rob Linrothe, Karl Debreczeny, Elliot Sperling, Paul Nietupski, Carmen Meinert, Gray Tuttle, Zhihua Yao, Ester Bianchi, Fabienne Jagou, Abraham Zablocki, and Matthew Kapstein.

Learn more about the Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism series.

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book information
  • Paperback
  • 480 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $34.95
  • ISBN 9780861715817
  • Paperback
  • 480 pages
  • $25.99
  • ISBN 9780861715817
about the author
Buddhism Between Tibet and China

Matthew Kapstein is Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Chicago. His previous publications include the Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhism: Conversion, Contestation, and Memory and, with the anthropologist Melvyn C. Goldstein, Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet: Religious Revival and Cultural Identity. He is co-translator of the late H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche’s The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. Since 2002 he has also served as director of Tibetan Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris.

Other books by Matthew Kapstein:
The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism
Reason’s Traces

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