Religion of Tibet
Title: Religion of Tibet
Summary: This volume forms a sequel to tlie author's Tibet: Past and Present and The people of Tibet. Like them, it is in part an historical account, in part a description of condition'; in the earlier part of the twentieth century.
Detail: This volume forms a sequel to tlie author's Tibet: Past and Present and The people of Tibet. Like them, it is in part an historical account, in part a description of condition'; in the earlier part of the twentieth century. Sir Charles Bell traces the history of the introduction of Buddhism, of the resistance and general decay of the older magic-worship of Ponism, and of the developments which have taken place within Tibetan Buddhism itself. The latter part of the book deals more particularly with the religious organization, with life in the great monasteries and with the religious customs and beliefs of the people. The illustrations are from the author's own photographs taken in Tibet, Sikkim and Bhutan.
SIR CHARLES BELL was born in Calcutta in 1870 and educated in England at Winchester and Oxford. He joined the Indian Civil Service in 1891 and was transferred to Kalimpong, Sikkim in 1901, where he began his lifelong relationship with Tibet. He twice acted as Political Officer for Sikkim, Bhutan and Tibet and eventually held that post for ten years before retiring in 1919. He was recalled to duty, however, and in 1920 headed a successful diplomatic mission to Lhasa.
He wrote several books about Tibet, her people and her language; few since, and certainly none before, have written so well about Tibet.