Introducing Tibetan Buddhism

By Geoffrey Samuel

© 2012 – Routledge

280 pages

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About the Book

This lively introduction is the ideal starting point for students wishing to undertake a comprehensive study of Tibetan religion. It covers the development and influence of Tibetan Buddhism and the key schools and traditions, including Bon. Geoffrey Samuel helps students get to grips with a complex set of beliefs and practices and provides a clear sense of the historical, cultural and textual background. Important contemporary issues such as gender, national identity and Tibetan Buddhism in the world today are also addressed. Illustrated throughout, the book includes a chronology, glossary, pronunciation guide, summaries, discussion questions and suggestions for further reading that will aid understanding and revision.


"Geoffrey Samuel provides a welcome introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and the religious history of Tibet. Concise, lucid, and authoritative, this is one of the best and most useful introductions available to date. It will no doubt become an indispensable reference for students"- Bryan J. Cuevas, Florida State University, USA

"This book highlights the practical dimensions of the religious culture of Tibet. Samuel provides a current and accessible guide to the roles Buddhism plays in the lives of Tibetan people, as identities of place and religion continue to be negotiated as Tibetan Buddhism is defined in the contemporary world." - Douglas S. Duckworth, East Tennessee State University, USA

Table of Contents

List of Figures. Chronology. Language and Pronunciation Guide 1. Background 2. The Development of Buddhism in Tibet 3. Tibetan Buddhism as a Path to Liberation: I. Sūtra Teachings 4. Tibetan Buddhism as a Path to Liberation: II. Tantric Teachings 5. Tibetan Buddhism as a System of Knowledge 6. Ethics and Tibetan Buddhism 7. Lamas and Lay Practitioners, Monasteries and Temples 8. Tibetan Buddhism as Practical Religion 9. Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan Identity 10. Tibetan Buddhism, Women and Gender 11. The Bon Religion of Tibet: Pre-Buddhist Survival or Variant Form of Buddhism? 12. Tibetan Buddhism Today and Tomorrow. Appendix: Some Important Lamas. Glossary. Index

About the Author

Geoffrey Samuel is a Professor in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University, UK, and an experienced teacher of Tibetan religion.

About the Series

World Religions

This exciting series introduces students to the major world religious traditions. Each religion is explored in a lively and clear fashion by experienced teachers and leading scholars in the field of world religions. Up to date scholarship is presented in a student-friendly fashion, covering history, core beliefs, sacred texts, key figures, religious practice and culture, and key contemporary issues. To aid learning and revision, each text includes illustrations, summaries, explanations of key terms, and further reading.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Buddhism / General (see also PHILOSOPHY / Buddhist)
RELIGION / Buddhism / History
RELIGION / Buddhism / Tibetan