A unique insider's account of day-to-day life inside a Tibetan monastery - this work reveals to Western audiences the fascinating details of monastic education.
Georges B. J. Dreyfus - the first Westerner to complete the famous Geluk curriculum and achieve the distinguished title of geshe - weaves together eloquent and moving autobiographical reflections with a historical overview of Tibetan Buddhism and insights into its teachings.
This book gives us crucial insights into the structure and practices of higher Tibetan education, also both peals away myths and reveals the true depths of Tibetan techniques to train the mind.
"Dreyfus provides an engaging and comprehensive study of Tibetan scholasticism as a living tradition among exile communities in India." — Buddhadharma
From the Inside Flap :
"A rich and fascinating study of Tibetan monastic life, from an author who is not only a leading scholar of Tibetan Buddhism, but who spent many years as a Buddhist monk." — Donald Lopez, author of Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West
"Georges Dreyfus, extraordinary person and writer, gives us crucial insights into the structure and practices of higher Tibetan education as well as his own fascinating journey leading to his becoming the first Westerner to achieve the highest rank in Tibetan education. This book both peals away myths and reveals the true depths of Tibetan techniques to train the mind." — Jeffrey Hopkins, author of Emptiness in the Mind-Only School of Buddhism
"A remarkable tour de force. Georges Dreyfus merges personal memoir and outstanding scholarship to draw us into the intellectual life of the Tibetan monastic college, and in so doing he transforms forever our understanding of education and the cultivation of reason in traditional and pre-modern societies. If you read no other book on Tibetan Buddhism, immerse yourself in this one and applaud." — Matthew T. Kapstein, author of The Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhism