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Fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism Paperback – March 1, 1999
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I like that the author covered some important history including the evolution of Tibetan Buddhism from its roots in Hinayana through the development of Mahayana and beyond. However, this material is not covered in so much detail that it becomes overwhelming. I have found this to be a shortcoming of some other books that are intended for general audiences.
This text also does a good job of explaining basic Buddhist concepts and the distinguishing characteristics of the various branches of Buddhism. There are also many good quotes included.
Where I see some shortcomings is in the area of accuracy. This is such an ambitious volume for its size that I think it covers some areas too superficially or perhaps oversimplifies the relationships between various concepts or schools of thought. This is why I rated it a three and not higher.
If you are just learning about Tibetan Buddhism, this is a very good place to start. You might also want to try some of the books by the Dalai Lama who is quoted liberally throughout this book.
The book is good and organized well. But Buddhism is a complex religion and it may be beyond any book to summarize something so complicated.
I would still recommend this book to someone wanting to get a grasp of the faith of the Tibetan people. But expect to read it slowly and maybe take some notes.