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Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West

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Prisoners of Shangri-La is a provocative analysis of the romance of Tibet, a romance that, even as it is invoked by Tibetan lamas living in exile, ultimately imprisons those who seek the goal of Tibetan independence from Chinese occupation.

"Lopez lifts the veil on America's romantic vision of Tibet to reveal a country and a spiritual history more complex and less ideal than popular perceptions allow. . . . Lively and engaging, Lopez's book raises important questions about how Eastern religions are often co-opted, assimilated and misunderstood by Western culture."—Publishers Weekly

"Proceeding with care and precision, Lopez reveals the extent to which scholars have behaved like intellectual colonialists. . . . Someone had to burst the bubble of pop Tibetology, and few could have done it as resoundingly as Lopez."—Booklist

"Fascinating. . . [A] provocative exploration. Lopez conveys the full dizziness of the Western encounter with Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism."—Fred Pheil, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

"A timely and courageous exploration. . . . [Lopez's] book will sharpen the terms of the debate over what the Tibetans and their observers can or should be doing about the place and the idea of Tibet. And that alone is what will give us all back our Shambhala."—Jonathan Spence, Lingua Franca Book Review

"Lopez's most important theme is that we should be wary of the idea . . . that Tibet has what the West lacks, that if we were only to look there we would find the answers to our problems. Lopez's book shows that, on the contrary, when the West has looked at Tibet, all that it has seen is a distorted reflection of itself."—Ben Jackson, Times Higher Education Supplement

Book News Annotation:

An account of the peculiar romance between the West and Tibet. Lopez (Buddhist and Tibetan studies, U. Michigan at Ann Arbor) looks at the travelogues, novels, spiritual guides, and scholarly studies of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism that have proliferated in Western literature. He argues that both distinguished buddhologists and notorious hoaxters have contributed to the idea of Tibet as the West's surrogate self, a land endowed with the spirituality that the West lacks. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In this provocative analysis of the ways in which the romance of Tibet--even as it is invoked by Tibetan lamas living in exile--ultimately imprisons those who seek the goal of Tibetan independence from Chinese occupation, Lopez unveils the mirror-lined cultural labyrinths that have been created by those who would perpetuate the country's myth.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. The Name

2. The Book

3. The Eye

4. The Spell

5. The Art

6. The Field

7. The Prison

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226493107
Author:
Lopez, Donald S.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Lopez Jr, Donald S.
Author:
Lopez, Donald S.
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
China
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Tibet
Subject:
Buddhism -- China -- Tibet.
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Buddhism - Tibetan
Subject:
REL007050
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Tibetan Buddhism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19980531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
294
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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