The proceedings of the seminars of the International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS) have developed into
the most representative world-wide cross-section of Tibetan Studies. They are an indispensable reference-work for anyone interested in Tibet and capture the cutting edge of Tibet-related research.
This volume is the first of three volumes of general proceedings of the Ninth Seminar of the IATS. It presents a careful selection of scholarly and academic articles on Tibetan history, which includes contemporary developments as well as a compact, but significant, linguistic section.
The complete series covers ten volumes. The other seven volumes are the outcome of expert panels. Of special interest to readers of this book may be the edited volumes by Christopher Beckwith (linguistics), Helmut Eimer and David Germano (Buddhist canon), Lawrence Epstein (Khams pa history), Deborah Klimburg-Salter (art history) and the third volume of the general proceedings (Bhutan and art history).
Henk Blezer, Ph.D. (1997) in Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, University of Leiden, is research-fellow at Leiden University, and investigating antecedents of Bon religion in Tibet. Blezer convened the Ninth IATS Seminar and is (managing) editor of its proceedings. His previous research projects included possible 'Bon'-origins of central rDzogs chen ideas (several articles and a monograph-in-progress) and Tibetan literature regarding so-called 'intermediate states' (see his "Kar gling Zhi khro, A Tantric Buddhist Concept", Leiden 1997).