By Hugh Richardson, David Snellgrove

Drawn from inscriptions and texts one of the fundamental resources of Tibet, India, China and vital Asia, in addition to a wealth of secondary assets in the course of the a while and the authors' own reviews, this can be a definitive survey of Tibetan background, faith and its wealthy, complicated tradition. In Snellgrove's phrases, the booklet serves to "keep in public view the transparent old correct of the Tibetan humans to self-determination". It encompasses a new preface and an obituary describing the existence and profession of Hugh Richardson (1905-2000), by means of co-author David Snellgrove.

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Bound together in a great field, one will see whether the hay or the iron rots first. If one throws a pinch of salt into a full cauldron, one will see whether there 62 The Early Kings is a taste of water or a taste of salt. As for thunder and lightning, although thunderbolts are few in number, there is a mighty great noise to the four limits of the sky. Your troops are like gnats over the surface ·of a lake. They would be useless for working our fields. Like mountain mists, they do not press upon men.

T Each tribe must have possessed its own particular variations of these many myth-motifs. Certain mountains were regarded as sacred, and it is likely that each tribe or group had its own sacred mountain. The mountain-gods belong usually to a category of 'hero-gods' known as b Tsan ('Mighty'), a term which recurs significantly in the title b Tsan-po ('Mighty One') referring to the early kings of Tibet. The close connection between these kings and certain sacred mountains has already been noted in some quotations (see pages 23-5).

Your troops are like gnats over the surface ·of a lake. They would be useless for working our fields. Like mountain mists, they do not press upon men. My army will cut its way through just as a single scythe cuts its way through numerous blades of grass. ' Wong-ker-zhang-:-she replied: 'If a heavy mountain crushes a small egg, one can count on its being broken. ' Khri-'bring of mGar replied: 'On the great mountain there is a rock. On the rock there is a tree. In the tree there is a nest. In the nest there is an egg.

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