Prisoners of Shangri-La : Tibetan Buddhism and the West / Donald S. Lopez Jr.
- Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 
1 online resource (320 pages)
- Buddhism -- China -- Tibet Autonomous Region.
- In English.
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- To the Western imagination, Tibet evokes exoticism, mysticism, and wonder: a fabled land removed from the grinding onslaught of modernity, spiritually endowed with all that the West has lost. Originally published in 1998, Prisoners of Shangri-La provided the first cultural history of the strange encounter between Tibetan Buddhism and the West. Donald Lopez reveals here fanciful misconceptions of Tibetan life and religion. He examines, among much else, the politics of the term "Lamaism," a pejorative synonym for Tibetan Buddhism; the various theosophical, psychedelic, and New Age purposes served by the so-called Tibetan Book of the Dead; and the unexpected history of the most famous of all Tibetan mantras, om mani padme hum. More than pop-culture anomalies, these versions of Tibet are often embedded in scholarly sources, constituting an odd union of the popular and the academic, of fancy and fact. Upon its original publication, Prisoners of Shangri-La sent shockwaves through the field of Tibetan studies-hailed as a timely, provocative, and courageous critique. Twenty years hence, the situation in Tibet has only grown more troubled and complex-with the unrest of 2008, the demolition of the dwellings of thousands of monks and nuns at Larung Gar in 2016, and the scores of self-immolations committed by Tibetans to protest the Dalai Lama's exile. In his new preface to this anniversary edition, Lopez returns to the metaphors of prison and paradise to illuminate the state of Tibetan Buddhism-both in exile and in Tibet-as monks and nuns still seek to find a way home. Prisoners of Shangri-La remains a timely and vital inquiry into Western fantasies of Tibet.
Preface to the Twentieth Anniversary Edition
CHAPTER ONE. The Name
CHAPTER TWO. The Book
CHAPTER THREE. The Eye
CHAPTER FOUR. The Spell
CHAPTER FIVE. The Art
CHAPTER SIX. The Field
CHAPTER SEVEN. The Prison
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 28. Sep 2020)
- Lopez Jr., Donald S.
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- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.7208/9780226485515 doi
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