By E. Gene Smith

For 3 many years, E. Gene Smith ran the Library of Congress's Tibetan textual content book venture of the U.S. Public legislations 480 (PL480) - an attempt to salvage and reprint the Tibetan literature that have been accrued via the exile neighborhood or via individuals of the Bhotia groups of Sikkim, Bhutan, India, and Nepal.

Smith wrote prefaces to those reprinted books to assist make clear and contextualize the actual Tibetan texts: the prefaces served as tough orientations to a poorly understood physique of international literature. initially produced in print amounts of twenty, those prefaces quick turned mythical, and shortly photocopied collections have been passed from student to pupil, reaching a virtually cult status.

These essays are amassed the following for the 1st time. The influence of Smith's examine at the educational research of Tibetan literature has been great, either for his outstanding skill to synthesize different fabrics into coherent debts of Tibetan literature, heritage, and spiritual idea, and for the exemplary severe scholarship he dropped at this box.

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Grwa phyi 0 rgyan Smin sgrol gling, the main monastery of the Lho gter teaching, was founded in 1676 by Rig 'dzin Gter bdag gling pa Padma gar dbang 'Gyur med rdo rje (1616-1714). 'Gyur med rdo rje was the son of Gsang bdag 'Phrin las lhun grub (1611-62), the scion of the Gnyos lineage of Rnying rna pa teachers. Smin grol gling was closely connected with the Fifth Dalai Lama, the teacher of both Gter bdag gling pa and his younger brother, Lo chen Dharma sri (1654-1717). When Smin grol gling was destroyed along with Rdo rje brag during the Dzungar war of 1717-18, both Dharma sri and the Rdo rje brag incarnation, Padma 'phrin las (1641-1717), were done away with.

The Rnying 1114 'i rgyud 'bumu in the form we now know it is the result of 'Jigs med gling pa's efforts. In the third volume of his works we find his account-cum-index to this collection, a source of special imponance for Tibetology. sar ma, a cycle that has become an extremely productive approach to Rdzogs chen practice. The ninth and last volume includes the autobiography and collected instructions on Rnying ma pa meditation. The antiquarian and archaeological interest of both 'Jigs med gling pa and Tshe dbang nor bu have attracted the notice of Western scholars.

Gyur med rdo rje was the son of Gsang bdag 'Phrin las lhun grub (1611-62), the scion of the Gnyos lineage of Rnying rna pa teachers. Smin grol gling was closely connected with the Fifth Dalai Lama, the teacher of both Gter bdag gling pa and his younger brother, Lo chen Dharma sri (1654-1717). When Smin grol gling was destroyed along with Rdo rje brag during the Dzungar war of 1717-18, both Dharma sri and the Rdo rje brag incarnation, Padma 'phrin las (1641-1717), were done away with. The hereditary Khri chen ofSmin grol gling survived.

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