Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tibetan Renaissance: Tantric Buddhism in the Rebirth of Tibetan Culture
"Ronald Davidson's Tibetan Renaissance marks a real rebirth for the study of Tibetan cultural history. Drawing on an extraordinary range of original sources, most of them previously unstudied, Davidson traces, in convincing detail, the peculiar blend of conservative monasticism, transgressive esotericism, and political and economic interest that characterized the formation of Tibetan Buddhist lineages and institutions during the early second millennium. With Indian Esoteric Buddhism, Davidson's previous book, Tibetan Renaissance completes a duet that substantially transforms our understanding of Buddhism during its last phase in India and its continuation in Tibet, an exemplary contribution to the history of religions." -- Matthew T. Kapstein, University of Chicago, author of Reason's Traces: Identity and Interpretation in Indian and Tibetan Buddhist Thought.