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Footprint of the Buddha on the Roof of the World

G K Lama (Author)

The present work is a humble attempt to present Tibetan Buddhism in a holistic way. Although it is a broad topic and very difficult to contain in a single book but the author has tried his best to cover all the important aspects. The book deals with the Pre Buddhist religious scenario of Tibet, Introduction of Buddhism, various sects of Tibetan Buddhism, Iconographical study of Tibetan Buddhist deities, Tibetan architecture, and language and literature. It also throws light on the Siddha tradition along with various aspects of Tibetan culture like the scroll painting, medicine, mandala, religious dance, customs, drama etc. Discussion were also made on the fusion of Tibetan Buddhism in the Himalayan tracts of India and also on the other Asian Countries. How and when the western world was influenced with Tibetan Buddhism is also highlighted. A brief history of Emperor Srong-btsan-sgampo, founder of the Tibetan Empire and Padmasambhava known as the second Buddha of Tibet is described in the appendix. While discussing on aforesaid subjects literary as well as archaeological evidences were used supported with maps and illustrations. Hope the book will be useful for the people who are curious to know about Tibetan Buddhism.

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About the author

G K Lama

Dr G.K. Lama (b. 1963), Professor, Department of AIHC and Archaeology, Centre of Advanced Study, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, having specialization in the field of Archaeology, Buddhism and South-East Asian Studies and has 13 books on his credit. He has presented 67 research papers in various national and international seminars and 103 research papers have been published in various reputed journals, edited books, conference proceedings and felicitation volumes.


He has completed a Major Research Project entitled Archaeological Investigation in and around Nalanda granted by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, which was submitted in 2014. The author has also completed 16 projects regarding archaeological investigations in Sikkim, Eastern and Western UP and Bihar with the kind permission of Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi. He has invited twice to Sri Lanka and once to Thailand to deliver special lectures. 

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Title Footprint of the Buddha on the Roof of the World
Author G K Lama
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Bharati Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 9388019784, 9789388019781
length 378p.