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The Religion of Tibet

Bell Charles

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Laurier Books Ltd. /AES; 1992 edition (January 1, 1992)


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Titolo originale

The Religion of Tibet (Oxford At The Clarendon Press, Oxford 1928)

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The Religion of Tibet

The Religion of Tibet  

This classic volume by Sir Charles Bell begins with an overview of religion in Tibet before the advent of Buddhism. After familiarising the reader with the pre-Buddhist Bon religion, he describes the foundation of Buddhism in India by Gotama the Buddha. He details the arrival of Buddhism in Tibet and depicts the struggle between Bon and Indian Buddhism, the result being Tibetan Buddhism.

This work is an excellent introduction to Tibetan Buddhism for newcomers and provides many new insights for those who are already familiar with this religion.

Bell's knowledge of the subject is vast and carefully presented. During his nineteen year stay in Tibet, the author consulted unknown Chinese and Tibetan sources, in addition to the known works on Tibet. He had the opportunity to consult the most authoritative people in Tibet regarding his subject. The result of his labour is this wonderful book.


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The Religion of Tibet

by Charles Bell
Review author[s]: H. Lee Shuttleworth

Bulletin of the School of Oriental Studies,

University of London,

Vol. 6, No. 4 (1932), pp. 1072-1074


Born in Calcutta, India. Joined Indian Civil Service 1891 and was posted to Bengal. Transferred to Darjeeling 1900. Appointed British Political Officer in Sikkim 1908, where he met Alexandra David-Neel and briefly became her landlord. Became very influential in politics in Bhutan and Sikkim. Met Dalai Lama XIII in 1910 when HH was forced to flee Chinese invaders and sought refuge in Sikkim. Became close friends and eventually wrote biography of Dalai Lama XIII. Clashed with Alexandra David-Neel some time after this, going so far as to ban her from entering Tibet (she did anyway) and punished her when he found out. Bell himself was frustrated at being initially banned from travel in Tibet further north than Gyantse, finally realizing his lifelong desire to visit Lhasa in November 1920. Retired to Oxford where he wrote authoritatively about Tibet. Described as being tall, fair-haired, easy-going and able to mingle freely with lots of different people with no trace of racism or superiority.