The Religions of Tibet in Practice

John Pettit

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 Edited by Donald Lopez, Jr. Princeton University Press:

 Princeton, 1997

 560 pp., $22.50 (paper)


Until recently, "serious" Buddhist scholarship in the West was largely the province of university-affiliated professors and researchers who were not Buddhists themselves, while popular Western Buddhist authors pursued their faith and scholarship outside the ivory tower. If Tibetan Religions in Practice, edited by University of Michigan professor Donald S. Lopez, Jr., is any indication, a majority of academic scholars of

 Buddhism are now also Buddhist practitioners, or at least strong sympathizers. Most of the contributors to this volume are private (if not public) adherents of the Tibetan traditions whereof they write-something unimaginable twenty years ago. And their essays, which combine good scholarship with sympathetic appraisal, offer something to scholars and practitioners alike.

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