Author: Samten G Karmay
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120817796
This book, edited and translated into English for the first time, is a history of Tibetan religion known as Bon.
The Legs Bshad Mdzad, which is here edited and translated into English for the first time, is a history of Tibetan religion known as Bon. It gives a full account of this ancient religion, its origins and development, its struggles against the later imported Buddhism, and its fight for survival in spite of persecution and even abolition on two occasions. The reassembly of the scriptures dispersed at these times is a major object of attention.
In his introduction the editor makes an assessment of the historical value of the work and considers the extent of it5s reliability and factual accuracy. He has also, here and in the footnotes to the translation, indicated its sources which are extremely numerous and varied. The transliteration of the Tibetan text is followed by two indices of names and a short glossary of rare terms.
This work has been translated and edited by SAMTEN GYALTSEN KARMAY, who is Directeur de Recherche at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris and a member of Laboratoire d'ethnologie et de sociologie comparative, Universite de Paris-x. He is President of the International Association of Tibetan Studies (IATS).
Illustrations / Preface / Abbreviations / Introduction
The Treasury of Good Sayings (English translations)
The genealogies of dMu-gshen, Bru, Zhu, sPa, rMe'u and KhyungThe First Appearance of the precious doctrines of Everlasting Bon of the Enlightened One and the rise and decline of its exposition and performance in India, China, Zhang-zhung, and especially Tibet.
The Second Spread and decline of the precious doctrines of Everlasting Bon in the Land of Snows.
The Third Spread of the Doctrine: Textual Treasure and Oral Tradition
The Tibetan Text (Womanized version)
Bibliography / Glossary / Indexes: Divinities, Earthly Beings / Map