Prisoners of Shangri-La : Tibetan Buddhism and the West

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Book
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ISBN 10
0226493105 
ISBN 13
9780226493107 
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Publication Year
1998 
Subject
Buddhism--China--Tibet Autonomous Region. 
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Description
x, 283 pages ; 24 cm; 1. The Name -- 2. The Book -- 3. The Eye -- 4. The Spell -- 5. The Art -- 6. The Field -- 7. The Prison.; In this book, Donald Lopez provides the first cultural history of the strange encounter between Tibetan Buddhism and the West. Charting the flights of Western fantasies of Tibet and its Buddhist legacy, Lopez presents fanciful visions of Tibetan life and religion, ranging from the utopian to the demonic. He examines, among much else, the politics of the term "Lamaism," a pejorative name for Tibet's religion; the various theosophical, psychedelic, and New Age purposes served by The Tibetan Book of the Dead; the strange case of the Englishman with three eyes; and the unexpected history of the most famous of all Buddhist mantras, om mani padme hum. Throughout, Lopez demonstrates how myths of Tibet pervade both the products of pop culture and learned scholarly works.; 
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37695628  
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