By Hugh Richardson, David Snellgrove
Drawn from inscriptions and texts one of the basic resources of Tibet, India, China and imperative Asia, in addition to a wealth of secondary assets throughout the a while and the authors' own studies, it is a definitive survey of Tibetan historical past, faith and its wealthy, complicated tradition. Drawn from inscriptions and texts one of the basic assets of Tibet, India, China and valuable Asia, in addition to a wealth of secondary assets during the a while and the authors' own reviews, it is a definitive survey of Tibetan heritage, faith and its wealthy, complicated
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Anyone who would enter is searched before he is allowed in. In the centre there is a high platform surrounded by a jewelled balustrade. The king sits in his tent which is decorated with gold ornaments in the fo rm of dragons, tigers and leopards. He is dressed in white cloth, and wears a tu rban, the colou"r of the morning clouds, bound round his head. He bears a sword Manifestation of Tibetan Por«r 65 inlaid with gold . The Great Religious Minister stands on his right, and the ministers of state are in a row at the foot of the platform.
Translated, the inscription reads as follows: 'As for the matters arising from the oath taken by succeeding generations not to abandon or destroy the pracrice of the Buddhist religion, I the king and my son, ruler and ministers together, having aU sworn an oath, do act in accordance with the words of the edict and with that which is written on the stone pillar. Thus this founding of shrines of the Three Precious Ones (the Buddha, his Doctrine and his Community) by the genera-tions of my ancestors and this practice of the Buddhist religion is to be held in affection and in no way for no reason whatsoever is it to be destroyed or abandoned, whether because people say it is bad, that it is not good, or by reason of prognostications or dreams.
Ife in more recent times, for this bas probably changed little in its main essentials. The common man was farmer and herdsman. He built the castles and raised the royal funeral mounds. He made earthenware pots and metal vessels and figures of animals. He made tents of felt and armour of leather and metal, which he wore in campaigns on distant battle fronts. His wife helped look after the fields and the animals, and wove the woollen homespun, just as she does today. In later times Nepalese craftsmen brought many skills to Tibet, especially that of metal work, but it is clear that the Tibetans already possessed their own traditions of metal work, especially of arms and weapons, and in eastern Tibet in particular the local metal crafts have continued right up to the present time.
A Cultural History of Tibet by Hugh Richardson, David Snellgrove