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Prisoners of Shangri La

Tibetan Buddhism and the West



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Prisoners of Shangri La by Donald Lopez
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Donald Lopez provides in this book a cultural history of the strange encounter between Tibetan Buddhism and the West. He reveals fanciful misconceptions of Tibetan life and religion, examines the movement for independence from China and the politics of the term "Lamaism", a pejorative synonym for Tibetan Buddhism. The book aims to present more than pop-culture anomalies, the history of Tibet presented is embedded in scholarly souces, and constitute a union of both the popular and academic.
Release date NZ
May 10th, 1999
Country of Publication
United States
New edition
University of Chicago Press
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