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  1. Tibetan Zen

    Tibetan Zen

    Discovering a Lost Tradition

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    • Sam van Schaik
    Banned in Tibet and forgotten in China, the Tibetan tradition of Zen was almost completely lost to us. According to Tibetan histories, Zen teachers were invited to Tibet from China in the eighth century, at the height of the Tibetan Empire. When doctrinal disagreements developed between Indian and Chinese Buddhists at the Tibetan court, the Tibetan emperor called for a formal debate. When the debate resulted in a decisive win… Read More

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  2. City of Lingering Splendor

    City of Lingering Splendor

    A Frank Account of Old Peking's Exotic Pleasures

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    • John Blofeld
    In his early twenties, John Blofeld spent what he describes as "three exquisitely happy years" in Peking during the era of the last emperor, when the breathtaking greatness of China's ancient traditions was still everywhere evident. Arriving in 1934, he found a city imbued with the atmosphere of the recent imperial past and haunted by the powerful spirit of the late Dowager Empress Tzu Hsi. He entered a world of… Read More

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