Author: Toni HuberPublisher: Library of Tibetan Works & ArchivesYear: 2000Language: Bi-LingualPages: 163ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186470255
The creative and controversial Tibetan intellectual Amdo Gendun Chophel (1903-1951) composed his Guide to India during the 1930s while visiting many of the ancient sites of Indian Buddhism, which had only recently been the object of archaeological rediscovery and modern religious revival. His work offered traditionally minded pilgrims from the remote Tibetan highlands clear instructions on the correct identification of authentic Buddhist sites, as well as a unique practical guide for using the Indian rail system. The Guide to India is one of the first works of modern Tibetan literature, and has become the most widely used manual of contemporary Tibetan pilgrimage.
Illustrations PrefaceI. Translator’s Introduction 1. The Author2. The Book3. Remarks on the Edition and TranslationII. Notes to Translator’s Introduction III. Tibetan Text and Translation of Amdo Gendun Chophel’s A Guide book for Travel to the Holy Places of India1. Invocation2. The Eight Great Buddhist Pilgrimage Places 383. Representations and Reality4. Bodh Gaya5. Gaya6. Patna7. Odantapuri8. Nalanda9. Rajagrha10. Varanasi and Sarnath11. Dharmapala's Works at Sarnath12. Kusinagari13. Gorakhpur14. Lumbini15. Sravasti16. Samkasya17. Kausambi18. Ayodhya and Agra19. Mathura to Delhi20. Amritsar21. Western Himalayan Tantric Sites22. Lahore Museum23. Taxila24. Sand and Ujjain25. Buddhist Cave Temples26. Vaisall27. Videha and Kathmandu Valley28. Vikramasila and Sahor29. Chittagong30. Kamarupa31. Orissa32. Dhanyakataka and Sri Parvata33. Ceylon34. Burma35. Sumatra36. Java37. Siam38. Cambodia and Indo-China39. Identification and Authenticity40. A List of Some Other Great Tantric Sites41. Uddiyana42. Rail Fares and Station Names43. Conclusion44. Colophon and Concluding Verse45. Appendix – The Maha Bodhi Society, A Great Union of Buddhists IV. Notes to the Translation Appendix A – Tibetan Versions of the Guide to IndiaAppendix B – Index of Inscriptions on Gendun Chophel’s Maps in the Guide to India Bibliography Index List of Illustrations1. Gendum Chophel's drawing of Buddha's bathing Pool and the stone pillar at Bodh Gaya2. Site Plan of Kausambi by Gendun Chophel3. Seketch of Rajagrha from the guide to India4. Map of India and Surrounding countries from the Guide to India5. Gendun Chophel;s map of Ceylon6. Tibetan Pilgrimage map of the Indian rail system from the Guide to India7. 1952 Tibetan pilgrimage map of India adapted from the Guide to India, and sold at the Tibetan temple in Bodh Gaya