A Brief History of Tibetan Academic Degrees in Buddhist Philosophy

by Tarab Tulku

36 pp.,
NIAS Reports # 43
Available from NIAS Press worldwide

Paperback - 2000, Available
ISBN 978 87 87062 85 5, £5.00

In this survey Tarab Tulku, a distinguished scholar and holder of the Lharampa degree, offers important insights into the history and structure of the Tibetan scholastic tradition, and the changes that it has undergone over the last eight hundred years.

Drawing on numerous original Tibetan sources the academic degrees are described along with the etymology of the various titles. The methodology, curricula and examination procedures of the great monastic colleges are also briefly outlined. This original survey may function as an introduction to further inquiries into the unique nature of the Tibetan methodology for the academic study of Buddhist philosophy.

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