Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West

Prisoners of Shangri La Tibetan Buddhism and the West Prisoners of Shangri La is a provocative analysis of the romance of Tibet a romance that even as it is invoked by Tibetan lamas living in exile ultimately imprisons those who seek the goal of Tibet
  • Title: Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West
  • Author: Donald S. Lopez Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780226493114
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback
  • Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West
    Prisoners of Shangri La is a provocative analysis of the romance of Tibet, a romance that, even as it is invoked by Tibetan lamas living in exile, ultimately imprisons those who seek the goal of Tibetan independence from Chinese occupation Lopez lifts the veil on America s romantic vision of Tibet to reveal a country and a spiritual history complex and less ideal thaPrisoners of Shangri La is a provocative analysis of the romance of Tibet, a romance that, even as it is invoked by Tibetan lamas living in exile, ultimately imprisons those who seek the goal of Tibetan independence from Chinese occupation Lopez lifts the veil on America s romantic vision of Tibet to reveal a country and a spiritual history complex and less ideal than popular perceptions allow Lively and engaging, Lopez s book raises important questions about how Eastern religions are often co opted, assimilated and misunderstood by Western culture Publishers Weekly Proceeding with care and precision, Lopez reveals the extent to which scholars have behaved like intellectual colonialists Someone had to burst the bubble of pop Tibetology, and few could have done it as resoundingly as Lopez Booklist Fascinating A provocative exploration Lopez conveys the full dizziness of the Western encounter with Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism Fred Pheil, Tricycle The Buddhist Review A timely and courageous exploration Lopez s book will sharpen the terms of the debate over what the Tibetans and their observers can or should be doing about the place and the idea of Tibet And that alone is what will give us all back our Shambhala Jonathan Spence, Lingua Franca Book Review Lopez s most important theme is that we should be wary of the idea that Tibet has what the West lacks, that if we were only to look there we would find the answers to our problems Lopez s book shows that, on the contrary, when the West has looked at Tibet, all that it has seen is a distorted reflection of itself Ben Jackson, Times Higher Education Supplement
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  • Donald S. Lopez Jr.

    Donald Sewell Lopez, Jr born 1952 is the Arthur E Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan, in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.Son of the deputy director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Donald S Lopez.

  • 185 Comments

  • This is an excellent book At only 207 pages plus almost 80 of notes it does not pretend to give an exhaustive survey of the history or anthropology of the West s relationship with Tibet, but especially for someone not very familiar with that relationship, it is eye opening Lopez is a scholar of Tibetan Buddhism as the large number of notes suggests who trained at the University of Virginia, one of the oldest and best academic centers of Buddhist study in North America Yet this work is a fast, ac [...]


  • This books uncovers how the Tibet was and still is imagined by the west in different stages of history and on different topics All contesting and contradictory imaginations with very little touch to the reality are grimly voiced to the shame of their holders including the authorities like C G Jung Definite eye opener.One star should be added for extra dry academic humour.


  • This is an essay that I wrote using this book It is a fascinating book that is really well researched and fun to read.The Invention of Tibet When Christopher Columbus wrote of his travels to the New World his writings were full of preconceptions and cultural assumptions that shaped the image of America in the minds of Europeans The Mexican historian and philosopher Edmundo O Gorman later coined the phrase, the invention of America Hanks 219 Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism have experienced this same t [...]


  • o boyi m on page 47 and am almost bored out of my mind the book is thoroughly academic and full of big academic words which i find tiresome and arrogant i will continue to wade thru it, but have found very little which suits me.just finished the second chapter on The Tibetan Book of the Dead this chapter was very readable and not so full of scholarly language i did laugh a few times, but was unhappy with his take on Sogyal, probably because i just finished a book about him and had become quite e [...]


  • Second book I ve read by Donald Lopez, and am consistently impressed by his breadth of knowledge on the subject, his clarity, and his expertise Lopez very carefully and clearly outlines the pespective of Western interaction and perception of Tibet, Tibetans, and Tibetan Buddhism, while taking periodic breaks to describe historical information that is prerequisite for understanding the seven episodes he outlines His personal experience is mixed in one chapter, The Field which discusses the develo [...]


  • This is an excellent guide to fallacies regarding Tibet made by Western writers and travelers Occasionally, Lopez lapses into the laxness of Foucaultian irony however, these languors are made up for in bursts of startling original thinking I relished his meditation on how authority to speak for foreign cultures is granted to some writers and not to others This topic has been discussed elsewhere, but here Lopez provides a context in which an obviously fictional true story, The Third Eye by Lobsan [...]


  • Eye opening book on the way Tibet is perceived in the West, and has been perceived since missionaries first arrived at its borders 300 years ago, and how that perception colors the exile community today.


  • Very interesting book that will stay with me for a while The part on the Tibetan Book of the Dead was especially surprising I am simultaneously both and less interested in Tibetan Buddhism.




  • Life Following ArtThis is a most interesting account of the reception and influence of Tibetan Buddhism in the West Towards the end of his book, Professor Lopez discusses Oscar Wilde s paradoxical maxim that Life imitates Art and views this as summarizing in a nutshell the West s attitude towards Tibet Professor Lopez shows how the West s fascination with Tibet is of long duration and stems from a need to project to this esoteric little known culture a spiritual search the West, or some people i [...]


  • A cool book, 6thchapter is very interesting Academia and Tibetan monks, Worked in tandem with pop culture to create this fantasy of eternal pure spiritual Tibet.


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