New York: Samuel Weiser, 1978.
Paperback. 8 1/2" X 5 5/8". xii, 272pp. Rather heavy wear to blue pictorial wraps, with edgewear, hard rubbing to edges of spine, creasing to spine, and tear and mild soiling to rear wrap. Text block separating at several places. An admittedly worn but readable copy of this indispensable book for understanding thought and history of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet.
In most Asian countries esoteric Buddhism (Tantrayana) declined in the past, while the Tibetans alone preserved the full richness of tantric traditions to our times. Thus this study is based on several Tibetan sources never presented in any modern language-some of them were translated, some were given as a summary. The main concern of this study is to exhibit and analyse the traditions of the Old School of Tibetan Buddhism i.e. the rnying-ma-pa. For the first time there is shown that the history of the Old School goes far beyond the eminent tantric master Padma-sambhava; some sources hint at a non-Indian origin of some tantric cycles. The whole tradition of the Old School is divided into two lineages: one of the Pronouncements and the other of the Concealed Treasures. Each lineage is discussed in detail--more than twenty biographies of the famous masters of the Old School are rendered. (rear). Fair. Item #6033