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Tabo Monastery and Buddhism in the Trans-Himalaya

Thousand Years of Existence of the Tabo Chos-Khor

Handa O.C.

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Indus Publishing Company

Himachal Pradesh

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Tabo Monastery and Buddhism in the Trans-Himalaya: Thousand Years of Existence of the Tabo Chos-Khor

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Tabo Monastery and Buddhism in the Trans-Himalaya  

"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 incidently 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."


Recensione in altra lingua (English):

Foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama. Preface.
1. Geo-cultural profile.
2. Historical background.
3. Rise and development of Buddhism in the trans-Himalaya and the age of Rin-Chen-bZang-po.
4. The Tabo Chos-Khor.

1. Bibliography of works translated by Rin-Chen-bZang-po individually or in collaboration with others.
2. Two wooden-sculptures of Tabo.
3. Manuscript collection of Tabo Chos-khor.
4. Primitive rock-carvings of Tabo.


Dr. O.C. Handa is a well-known connoisseur of art and culture, and an outstanding scholar in history and archaeology, especially of the Himalayan region, having been in the field for almost half a century. In his pursuits, he has been undertaking several exploratory visits to the farflung nooks and corners of the Western and Central Himalayan regions. That would underscore his zeal to explore the antique but extant material evidences of history, art and culture of the Himalayan region, and his commitment to acquire first-hand and authentic knowledge of various interesting and important aspects of this region. This quality is well reflected in his writings. He did his post-graduation in History from University of Mysore, Ph.D. from Meerut University and D.Lit. form Agra Univ. Having come from civil engineering background, he remained in-charge of the Department of Museum & Archaeology, Himachal Pradesh for several years.
Dr. Handa has sixteen books on art, history, archaeology and culture of the Himalayan region to his credit. Besides, he has been writing articles and research papers for various national and international research journals. He has, thus, more than 500 papers and articles to his credit. He has also been performing for the radio and TV. He has participated and delivered lectures in several regional, national and international seminars and workshops.
He remained a member of different expert committees of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Govt. of India. Dr. Handa remained a fellow of Himachal Academy of Art, Language and Culture, Shimla; Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi; and Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla at different periods. He was a Senior Fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi from 2001 to 2003.