Title:Tabo Monastery and Buddhist in the Trans-Himalaya Thousand Years of Existence of the Tabo Chos Khor
Author:O. C. Handa
Publisher:Indus Publishing Company
Remarks:Colour and B&W Illustrations, Maps and Index.
Size:222 x 288 mm
This book is a comprehensive study of the rise and development of Buddhism in a broader spatio-temporal context of the western trans-Himalayan region since its nascent days in India. The later efflorescence of Buddhism in the Tibetan world and the emergence of Buddhist kingdom of Guge in the western Tibet has been discussed in the context of the contemporary trans-Himalayan polity.
It is for the first time that the pristine grandeur and intellectual glory of the oldest living Buddhist establishment in the trans-Himalaya--the Tabo chos-Khor--has been rediscovered in the present study by Dr. O.C. Handa, who has already earned a distinction in the Buddhist study of this region. Founded in 996 A.D. by the Great Lotsaba Rin-chen-bZang-po and his patron King Ye-shes-O of Guge, this great monastery shall be completing one thousand years of its existence in 1996. And, this book incidentally commemorates that historic event also.
The multi-dimensional personality of the Great Lotsaba and his stupendous accomplishments have so far remained almost neglected. It is for the first time that he emerges here profoundly as the greatest founder of temples and monasteries and as one of the greatest purger-champions of Buddhism who paved way for the intellectual pursuits in Buddhism in the Tibetan world.
This book is also a first-hand indepth study of the architectural and artistic grandeur of the monastery and it critically traces the genesis of diverse artistic influences which have been responsible to make this monastery as one of the greatest repositories of art in the entire western Himalayan region.
It also throws a welcome light for the first time on the pre-Buddhist primitive archaeological evidences which the author discovered during the exploration of the area. This book can, thus, be claimed as a pioneering work in many ways.