Inscriptions are a rather neglected field within Tibetan Studies, because they are often located in places that are not easily accessible for both geographical and political reasons. It is thus especially welcome that two of the contributions to this volume deal with inscriptions documented on recent field trips to Tibet: Benjamin Wood discusses an inscription in Zha lu that relates an enigmatic conflict in the history of the monastery, and Kurt Tropper looks into an epigraphic cycle on the life of the Buddha in Tsaparang. Moreover, Nathan Hill provides a new interpretation of the beginning of the famous Rkong po inscription, and Kunsang Namgyal Lama surveys the various kinds of texts found on
tsha tshas. An extra level of reflection is added to the volume by Cristina Scherrer-Schaub’s methodological considerations on the classification and interpretation of inscriptions.
Kurt Tropper, Dr. phil. (2001) in Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, is Research Fellow and Lecturer of Classical Tibetan at the University of Vienna. He has published several monographs and articles in the field of Tibetan epigraphy.
Cristina Scherrer-Schaub is Buddhologist and Tibetologist, and President of the International Association of Buddhist Studies. She is Professor at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and Directeur d'Études at the École Pratique des Hautes Études Paris (France) and the author of several publications in the field of Old Tibetan and Buddhist Studies.
Academic readership with a background in Tibetan Studies and a special interest in epigraphy, history, religious literature, and methodological considerations regarding the classification and interpretation of epigraphic sources.