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By Kurtis R. Schaeffer

The historical past of the e-book in Tibet comprises greater than literary traits and exchange routes. Functioning as fabric, highbrow, and symbolic item, the booklet has been an instrumental device within the development of Tibetan strength and authority, and its background opens an important window onto the cultural, highbrow, and monetary lifetime of an immensely influential Buddhist society.

Spanning the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries, Kurtis R. Schaeffer envisions the students and hermits, madmen and ministers, kings and queens who produced Tibet's enormous canons. He describes how Tibetan students edited and published works of faith, literature, artwork, and technological know-how and what this means in regards to the interrelation of fabric and cultural practices. The Tibetan e-book is immediately the embodiment of the Buddha's voice, a vital technique of schooling, a resource of culture and authority, an financial product, a finely crafted aesthetic item, a medium of Buddhist written tradition, and an emblem of the faith itself. Books stood on the middle of debates at the function of libraries in spiritual associations, the relative benefits of oral and written teachings, and the economic climate of faith in Tibet.

A meticulous learn that pulls on greater than a hundred and fifty understudied Tibetan resources, The tradition of the ebook in Tibet is the 1st quantity to track this singular heritage. via a unmarried item, Schaeffer accesses a better figuring out of the cultural and social historical past of the Tibetan plateau.

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