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Histories of Tibet

Essays in Honor of Leonard W. J. van der Kuijp

Published by Wisdom Publications
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The thirty-four essays in this volume follow the particular interests of Leonard van der Kuijp, whose groundbreaking research in Tibetan intellectual and cultural history imbued his students with an abiding sense of curiosity and discovery.

As part of Leonard van der Kuijp’s research in Tibetan history, as he patiently and expertly revealed treasures of the Tibetan intellectual tradition in fourteenth-century Tsang, or seventeenth-century Lhasa, or eighteenth-century Amdo, he developed an international community of colleagues and students. The thirty-four essays in this volume follow the particular interests of the honoree and express the comprehensive research that his international cohort have engaged in alongside his generous tutelage over the course of forty years. He imbued his students with the abiding sense of curiosity and discovery that can be experienced through every one of his writings, and that can be found as well in these new essays in intellectual, cultural, and institutional history by Christopher Beckwith, the late Hubert Decleer, Franz-Karl Ehrhard, Jörg Heimbel and David Jackson, Isabelle Henrion-Dourcy, Nathan Hill, Matthew Kapstein, Kurtis Schaeffer, Michael Witzel, Allison Aitken, Yael Bentor, Pieter Verhagen, Todd Lewis, William McGrath, Peter Schwieger, Gray Tuttle, and others.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (July 25, 2023)
  • Length: 656 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781614297840

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“The happy marriage of philology and humanity is evident in van der Kuijp’s oeuvre, as well as in this impressive volume. This is essential reading for all who are interested in the cultural, intellectual, and institutional history of Tibet.”

– Dominique Townsend, author of A Buddhist Sensibility: Aesthetic Education at Tibet's Mindröling Monastery

Histories of Tibet is a felicitous tribute to an unsurpassed giant in the field of Tibetan studies, gathering together a treasure trove of illuminating and authoritative essays by some of van der Kuijp’s closest students and colleagues. An outstanding volume that is accessible not only to scholars of Tibetan history but to anyone whose imagination has been held by Tibet and its enchanting Buddhist culture.”

– Bryan J. Cuevas, John F. Priest Professor of Religion, Florida State University

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