China’s Spiritual Tapestry

Isabelle Robinet, Arjia Rinpoche, Dalai Lama

The histories of Taoism and Buddhism in China as well as the interactions between Tibetan Buddhism and the Qing emperors are areas of growing interest to me.

Recently I purchased 3 books from on these topics.

Peter Schwieger is a German professor specialising in Tibetan history. His 2015 book explores the evolution of Tibetan Buddhism’s trülku (reincarnation) tradition from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, along with the emperors of China’s efforts to control its development.

Peter Schwieger

The Tibetan institution of reincarnation is unique to Tibetan Buddhism.

Taoism Growth of a Religion is a 1992 book by Isabelle Robinet, a French professor. She continues the tradition of many fine French professors on Chinese history. This book surveys the history of Taoism from 3rd century BC to 14th century AD.

Surviving the Dragon is a 2010 memoir by the eight incarnations of the father of Lama Tsong Khapa, the founder of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.

In his memoirs, he wrote of his 40 years life in Tibet under Chinese rule from 1952 to 1998.

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