Imagining Tibet

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“An important discussion of the western mythology of Tibet as Shangri-La and a delightful book.”—Religious Studies Review


Perceptions, Projections, and Fantasies

Thierry Dodin Heinz Räther

In the past century, the Western view of Tibet has evolved from an exotic Shangri-la filled with golden idols and the promise of immortality, to a peaceful land with an enlightened society now ravaged by outside aggression. How and why did our perception change? How accurate are our modern conceptions of Tibet?

Imagining Tibet is a collection of essays that reveal these Western conceptions. Providing an historical background to the West’s ever-changing relationship with Tibet, Donald Lopez, Jeffrey Hopkins, Jamyang Norbu, and other noted scholars explore a variety of topics—from Western perceptions of Tibetan approaches to violence, monastic life, and life as a nation in exile, to representations of Tibet in Western literature, art, environmentalism, and the New Age movement.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 512 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $28.95
  • ISBN 9780861711918
about the author
Imagining Tibet

Thierry Dodin is a Tibetologist who has taught at the University of Bonn and recently served as director of the Tibet Information Network in London.

Imagining Tibet

Heinz Raether works as a Tibetologist at the Universities of Ulm. He lives in Dusseldorf, Germany.

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