xii, 328p., 29 Col. Illus., 76 Figs., Gloss., Bib., Index, 25 cm. (Emerging Perceptions in Buddhist Studies No.16)
Tibetan Buddhism has held a place of its own in the Buddhist tradition, having preserved and evolved the religious culture of the Vajrayana, the final phase of Buddhism in India. This authoritative work deals with the theory and practice of Tibetan Buddhism in a comprehensive manner. It presents a study of Tibetan Tantricism beginning with an account of the historical, religious and cultural evolution of Tibetan Buddhism and delving into the intricacies of practice of religion. Author discusses the many deities of the tradition as representing a wide range of religious experience - from the primitive to the sublime. She lays bare the complex vision of Tibetan Tantric Buddhist philosophy and sadhana, clearing it of the obscurantism associated with the belief system for long. The work abounds in illustrations - line drgs. and ills. and has numerous references to original works by Tibetan and other scholars.