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<p>The Great Perfection (<em>Rdzogs chen</em>) is one of the most important tantric traditions to develop in Tibet, but much of its early history has been obscured by the tradition's visionary narratives of revelation, concealment, and excavation regarding its core scriptures. In addition, the over-reliance on the rubric "Great Perfection" itself obscures a broad diversity of distinct traditions, each with its own distinct rubric of self-identification and often quite divergent characteristics. This includes at the most general level the Three Series (<em>Sde gsum,/i&gt;), Four Cycles (<em>Skor bzhi</em>), Crown Pith (<em>Spyi ti</em>), and Ultra Pith (<em>Yang ti</em>). The present essay utilizes a simple hermeneutic of two trajectories – labeled "pristine" and "funerary," respectively – to offer a developmental history of these movements in broad strokes from the eighth to fourteenth century. In doing so, it interprets the major variants of the Great Perfection historically in terms of their interrelations via development, influence, and criticism. (Than Garson 2005-09-22)</em></p>

<p>The <em>Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies</em> (JIATS) is an online, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal. JIATS is an official publication of the International Association of Tibetan Studies (IATS) and is hosted by the <a href="">Tibetan and Himalayan Library</a>, which presents collaborative projects in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies over the web. (Than Garson 2005-09-20)</p>

<p>This is the second issue of the <em>Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies</em>, edited by David Germano and released in August, 2006. (Ben Deitle 2006-08-01)</p>

The Lhasa Project aims at documenting the contemporary neighborhoods of Lhasa, including their histories, using mapping, visual documentation, textual research and oral histories. The initiative consists of many distinct projects with separate administration. Some of the major projects include the Sera project, the Lingkor project, the Meru Monastery project, and others.

A volume of the proceedings from the International Association of Tibetan Studies (IATS) Conference 9 (2000). This collection of papers in divided into 2 main sections: "Kanjur and Tanjur Studies: Present State and Future Tasks," and "Canons at the Boundaries: The Rnying ma Tantras and Shades of Gray between the Early and Late Translations."

<p>The introductory notes to the second issue of the <em>Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies</em> (<em>JIATS</em>) published in August, 2006, by its editor, David Germano. (Than Garson 2006-08-07)</p>

<b>Creator's Description:</b> Academics and policymakers alike are paying increasing attention to the interactions between Tibetan highland pasture and Tibetan nomad communities. An ongoing debate focuses upon the reasons for pasture degradation and overgrazing. Human population is a significant factor in pasture pressure and solutions may be found in this area. Fredrik Barth's research concerning the dynamics of pasture pressure, economic choice, and demography in South Persia's pasture society will be applied in this paper. This research note suggests that population outflow may partially alleviate pasture pressure. Population outflow is driven by individual economic choices but, as will be shown, education in the Nag chu District lies behind these choices. (2008-12-31)