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Buddhist Monasteries of Himachal, 2nd Edition / Handa, O.C. (Dr.)
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Buddhist Monasteries of Himachal, 2nd Edition
Handa, O.C. (Dr.)
 
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  Book ID : 3866
  ISBN-10 : 81-7387-170-1 / 8173871701
  ISBN-13 : 978-81-7387-170-2 / 9788173871702
  Place of Publication : Delhi
  Year of Publication : 2004
  Edition : (Second Edition)
  Language : English
  344p., 37 Col. Plts., Abb., Bib., Index, 23 cm.
   
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CONTENTS:-

1. INTRODUCTION : Geophysical Setting; Cultural background; Literary Account.

2. BUDDHIS CONCEPT OF MONASTICISM : General Concept in Ancient India; Diffusion of Monastic Idea; Monastic Philosophy; Monastic Life.

3. INTRODUCTION OF BUDDHISM IN TIBET : The First Epoch; The Second Epoch.

4. EFFLORESCENCE OF BUDDHISM IN HIMACHAL PRADESH : Early Period; Medieval Renaissance; Modern Transformation.

5. MONASTIC CENTRES : Lahul Valley; Marichi Vajravarahi Temple; Avalokitaeshvara (Trilokinath) Temple; Guru Ghantal (Gandhola) Monastery; Shashur Monastery; Spiti Valley; Temples at Kibar; Pin (Gungri) Monastery; Tangyud (Hikim) Monastery; lalung Monastery; Tabo Choskhor; Ki Monastery; Dhankar Monastery; Satluj Valley (Kinnaur); Monastery and Temples at Nako; Lotsaba-bai-lha-khang at Poo; Buddhist Monastery and Temples at Kanum; Lotsaba Lha-khang at Ropa; Beas Valley; Terma Significance of Sahor (Mand-Rewalsar Area); Buddhist Monasteries at rewalsar; Modern Sectarian Monasteries; Gelukpa Establishments; Sakyapa Establishments; kargyupa Establishments; Nyingmapa Establishments; Chonangpa Establishments; Drigung-Kargyupa Establishments; Bonpa Establishments; Sakya Monastery at Puruwala; Bon Monastery at Dolanji.

6. MINOR VOTIVE STRUCTURES : The Chorten; The Mani-dung; The kankani.

7. FUNCTIONAL ASPECTS OF MONASTERIES : Educational Aspect; Social Aspect; Economic Aspect; Politico-Administrative Function.

8. ARCHITECTURAL DEVELOPMENTS OF MONASTERIES : Early period; Medieval Development; Modern Changes.

9. MONASTIC ART : Canons of Monastic Art; Symbolism in Monastic Art; Monastic Pantheology; Wall paintings; Thankas; Sculpture; Sacramental Artefacts; Musical Instruments.

APPENDICES :
A. Location of Monasteries in Lahul Valley.
B. Location of Monasteries in Spiti Valley.
C. Location of Monasteries in Satluj (Kinnaur & Shimla Districts) Valley.
D. Location of Monasteries and Temples in Beas Valley.
E. Location of Modern Monasteries in Kullu, Mandi, Kangra, Shimla and Sirmaur Districts.

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Lahul & Spiti and Kinnaur districts of Himachal and Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir form a distinct religio-cultural entity in the Western Himalayan region. Tibetan Buddhism has been a living and thriving religion in this region. The popular folk traditions and material archaeological evidences amply testify that before the Tibetan Buddhism was introduced in this region, Indian Mahayanic Buddhism flourished here since the days of Kushanas.

Thus, in this trans-Himalayan Shangri-la, one may find Buddhism flourishing in continuity from the earliest to the present times. Some of the earliest and most outstanding Buddhist monasteries are located in this remote trans-Himalayan region. In this work, those splendid and ancient monasteries located in Lahul & Spiti and Kinnaur districts have been taken up for a detailed discussion in their historical, archaeological and architectural contexts. Cultural, sociological and political aspects of these edifices have also been studied in depth.

An in-depth study of important ancient monasteries in the trans-Himalayan region of Himachal and the modern Buddhist and non-Buddhist Bon establishments has been accomplished in this volume. How far these establishments have been able to vouchsafe the traditional Tibetan customs and practices under the obtaining alien environment has also been discussed.

The present work is a result of strenuous field-work and deep research of many decades. All the available source material- traditional, literary and archaeological-has been pooled together to present a comprehensive picture of this exotic land in its spatio-temporal context. It is hoped that this pioneering study shall prove to be an important trailblazer for the regional historiography.

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