Brill's Proceedings of the Ninth Seminar of the IATS

Religion and Secular Culture in Tibet

Henk BlezerAbel Zadoks

The proceedings of the seminars of the International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS) have developed into the most representative world-wide cross-section of Tibetan Studies. They are an indispensable reference-work for anyone interested in Tibet and capture the cutting edge of Tibet-related research.

This volume is the second of three volumes of general proceedings of the Ninth Seminar of the IATS. It presents a careful selection of scholarly and academic articles on Tibetan Buddhist and Bon religious culture, including a sizeable section of anthropological contributions.
The complete series covers ten volumes. The other seven volumes are the outcome of expert panels. Of special interest to readers of this book are the edited volumes by Katia Buffetrille & Hildegard Diemberger (anthropology: territory and identity), Helmut Eimer & David Germano (Buddhist canon), Toni Huber (anthropology: Amdo cultural revival), Christiaan Klieger (anthropology: presentation of self & identity), and Deborah Klimburg-Salter and Eva Allinger (art history).

'To many Tibetologists, these volumes will become a standard work of reference, reflecting not only the current state of research but also illustrating the breadth of Tibetan studies in the 21st century.'
Ulrich Pagel, CIAA Newsletter.

Henk Blezer, Ph.D. (1997) in Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, University of Leiden, is research-fellow at Leiden University, and investigating antecedents of Bon religion in Tibet. Blezer convened the Ninth IATS Seminar and is (managing) editor of its proceedings. His previous research projects included possible 'Bon'-origins of central rDzogs chen ideas (several articles and a monograph-in-progress) and Tibetan literature regarding so-called 'intermediate states' (see his "Kar gling Zhi khro, A Tantric Buddhist Concept", Leiden 1997).