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TIBETAN YOGA AND SECRET DOCTRINES (1958) by W. Y. Evans-Wentz

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TIBETAN YOGA AND SECRET DOCTRINES (1958) by W. Y. Evans-Wentz

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EVANS-WENTZ, W. Y. (Arranged and Edited with Introduction and Annotations by). Foreword by Dr. R.R. MARETT and Yogic Commentary by Chen-Chi CHANG

Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines or Seven Books of the Wisdom of the Great Path, According to the Late Lama Kazi Dawa-Samdup's English Rendering

London: Oxford University Press, 1958. Second Edition. Hardcover (no dust jacket). Octavo. Green cloth with gilt Dorje to front panel. Gilt spine titles. Black and white frontispiece. Title page printed in black and red. xlii + 389pp. Color and black and white plates. 

Small bump to lower front edge. Former owner's small personal rubber stamps to front pastedown and rear endpaper. Two pages have minimal markings in ink. A few pages have pencil marginalia. A solid, very good copy. 

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It was the pioneering efforts of keen scholars like W. Y. Evans-Wentz, the late editor of this volume, that triggered the ongoing occidental fascination with such phenomena as yoga, Zen, and meditation. Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines--a companion to the popular Tibetan Book of the Dead, which was also published by Oxford in an authoritative Evans-Wentz edition, is a collection of seven authentic Tibetan yoga texts that first appeared in English in 1935. In these pages, amid useful photographs and reproductions of yoga paintings and manuscripts, readers will encounter some of the principal meditations used by Hindu and Tibetan gurus and philosophers throughout the ages in the attainment of Right Knowledge and Enlightenment. Special commentaries precede each translated text, and a comprehensive introduction contrasts the tenets of Buddhism with European notions of religion, philosophy, and science. Evans-Wentz has also included a body of orally transmitted traditions and teachings that he received firsthand during his fifteen-plus years of study in the Orient, findings that will interest any student of anthropology, psychology, comparative religion, or applied Mahayana Yoga. These seven distinct but intimately related texts will grant any reader a full and complete view of the spiritual teachings that still inform the life and culture of the East.