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Author: Parmananda Sharma
Publisher: Library of Tibetan Works & Archives
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789380359977
People of the Prayer Wheel is a study of Tibet and Tibetans right from the legendary days of religious kings to the present age. It describes their social and religious beliefs, spiritual development and the unfolding of the saga of Ganden Phodrang under the Great Fifth to the Thirteenth Dalai Lama and its renunciation by the democracy loving H.H. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama. The author also traces the background of Sino Tibetan relations through the centuries and Tibet’s occupation by the Chinese. Written in a simple and racy style “people of the Prayer-wheel’ is totally free from scholastic jargon. FROM AUTHOR'S INTRODUCTION‘People of the Prayer Wheel’ is not an exercise in intellectual acrobatics. It is purely a tribute to the genius of the people of the prayer wheel, the Tibetans, now a homeless nation. I have no claim to pretend as a Tibetologist either for obvious reasons. That should be assuming too much. But my devotion to His Holiness’s person and a claim on his indulgent affection are not to be lightly dismissed. It is the spell my numerous interviews with him have exercised on me and the ever-abiding compassion of his divine looks that seem to have established an unseen karmic tie between me and the Tibetan people and their religion. Hence I take this book to be the good result of some previous karma. It is a plea in favor of an exiled race so that, by having a brief glimpse into the great heritage of these redoubtable people, the conscience of the world may awaken to a realization of the tragedy of Tibet.‘People of the Prayer Wheel’ is a book for the general reader, meant to offer, in a compact framework, an idea of Tibetan history and religion, as also to project the past and present personality of Tibet and the Tibetans. It is my sincere hope that the book will create some much needed awareness in the minds of readers at large about a nation who, till yesterday our next door neighbors, are today our guests in exile. But, the ultimate goal of a guest, however long the stay, is to go back to his home, however-much-so-ever hospitable the host; because, as Lord Rama speaks in the Ramayana of Valmiki: “janani janam-bhumish-cha swargadapi griyasi,” – east or West home is the best. Every Tibetan wants to go back to his mother, his motherland, for Tibet belongs to Tibetans and none else. This also is the strong conviction of His Holiness. Tibetan independence is his first and last concern. That is what he always calls the Tibetan cause. ‘People of the Prayer Wheel’ is a modest attempt to help that cause, the Tibetan cause.
ContentsForewordPrefaceIntroductionAcknowledgementTrivishtapaThe Coming of the DharmaThe Epic of AtisaJe Tsong KhapaA Profile of Tibetan BuddhismMahayana, Tantrayana and VajrayanaMain Schools of Mahayana and its ScripturesMahayana and HinduismThe Way of the Master From Fifth to the Thirteenth Dalai LamaHis Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai LamaSino-Tibetan Relations during the AgesThe Dragon Spreads its ClawsThe Mailed FistThe Great RevoltThe Great EscapeThe New Potala and New HorizonsThe Prayer Wheel, the Prayer and the ThangkaTibetan Calendar and FestivalsPostscript