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Mission to Tibet : the extraordinary eighteenth-century account of Father Ippolito Desideri, S.J. /
translated by Michael J. Sweet ; edited by Leonard Zwilling.
imprint
Boston : Wisdom Publications, c2010.
description
xxiii, 795 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0861716760 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Boston : Wisdom Publications, c2010.
isbn
0861716760 (pbk. : alk. paper)
catalogue key
7457348
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [761]-771) and index.
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"Of all the Roman Catholic missionaries to Asia, the Italian Jesuit Ippolito Desideri (1684-1733) was perhaps the most remarkable. Despite his fervent hope of converting Tibet to the Christian faith, he was in important ways the first Western scholar of Tibetan Buddhism, translating Buddhist texts into Italian and writing scholarly tomes in Tibetan, complete with quotations from Nagarjuna. Mission to Tibet offers the first complete English translation of Desideri's captivating account of his sojourn in Tibet."--Donald Lopez, Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan "As this accomplished translation by Michael J. Sweet, edited by Leonard Zwilling, demonstrates, Desideri was more than merely a determined and subtle opponent of a religion not his own; he was also a perceptive scholar of Tibetan doctrine, an amazing linguist, and a fascinating travel writer. Sweet has captured his essence in this commanding work. Everyone with an interest in Tibet, Tibetan Buddhism, world history, and world religion will enjoy this wonder-filled account of Desideri's pioneering adventure, intimately detailed from Rome to Lhasa and back."--Jeffrey Hopkins, author of Meditation on Emptiness "Mission to Tibet is the most important work to appear in the field of Desideri studies since Luciano Petech's critical edition of the Jesuit's writings over fifty years ago. That Mission to Tibet provides a rip-roaring adventure, political intrigue, and a window onto a long-lost Tibet only adds to the pleasure of reading this new translation."-Trent Pomplun, Department of Theology, Loyola University Maryland, and author of Jesuit on the Roof of the World "Sweet's and Zwilling's thorough historical work and beautiful translation make this book an instant classic and essential resource for anyone interested in the history of intercultural learning, comparative theology, and missiology."--John Makransky, Associate Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology, Boston College
"Michael J. Sweet and Leonard Zwilling should be commended for their splendid presentation of the text, their edition and translation, their abundant notes, and their outstanding introduction to Desideri and his book."-- Catholic Historical Review "Written in a fluent, readable style. For English speakers, Mission to Tibet will be the benchmark."-- Institutum Historicum Societatis Jesu "The combination of Sweet's assured translation and Zwilling's attentive editing make a solid contribution to Tibetan studies, Jesuit missionizing, and early European travel reports from Asia, and provide crucial evidence for the importance of this pioneering scholar-priest."-- Journal of Buddhist Ethics "Of all the Roman Catholic missionaries to Asia, the Italian Jesuit Ippolito Desideri (1684-1733) was perhaps the most remarkable. Despite his fervent hope of converting Tibet to the Christian faith, he was in important ways the first Western scholar of Tibetan Buddhism, translating Buddhist texts into Italian and writing scholarly tomes in Tibetan, complete with quotations from Nagarjuna. Mission to Tibet offers the first complete English translation of Desideri's captivating account of his sojourn in Tibet."--Donald Lopez, Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan "As this accomplished translation by Michael J. Sweet, edited by Leonard Zwilling, demonstrates, Desideri was more than merely a determined and subtle opponent of a religion not his own; he was also a perceptive scholar of Tibetan doctrine, an amazing linguist, and a fascinating travel writer. Sweet has captured his essence in this commanding work. Everyone with an interest in Tibet, Tibetan Buddhism, world history, and world religion will enjoy this wonder-filled account of Desideri's pioneering adventure, intimately detailed from Rome to Lhasa and back."--Jeffrey Hopkins, author of Meditation on Emptiness " Mission to Tibet is the most important work to appear in the field of Desideri studies since Luciano Petech's critical edition of the Jesuit's writings over fifty years ago. That Mission to Tibet provides a rip-roaring adventure, political intrigue, and a window onto a long-lost Tibet only adds to the pleasure of reading this new translation."-Trent Pomplun, Department of Theology, Loyola University Maryland, and author of Jesuit on the Roof of the World "Sweet's and Zwilling's thorough historical work and beautiful translation make this book an instant classic and essential resource for anyone interested in the history of intercultural learning, comparative theology, and missiology."--John Makransky, Associate Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology, Boston College
"Translated by Michael Sweet and edited by Leonard Zwilling, this massive compendium collects all that is necessary to comprehend Desideri within his own writings. Desideri reworked his account often, and this version allows readers to compare--thanks to a generous introduction, careful endnotes, and appendices--how the Jesuit honed his narrative for his Vatican audience upon his return from Tibet. The combination of Sweet's assured translation and Zwilling's attentive editing make a solid contribution to Tibetan studies, Jesuit missionizing, and early European travel reports from Asia [and] provide crucial evidence for the importance of this pioneering scholar-priest."-- Journal of Buddhist Ethics "Of all the Roman Catholic missionaries to Asia, the Italian Jesuit Ippolito Desideri (1684-1733) was perhaps the most remarkable. Despite his fervent hope of converting Tibet to the Christian faith, he was in important ways the first Western scholar of Tibetan Buddhism, translating Buddhist texts into Italian and writing scholarly tomes in Tibetan, complete with quotations from Nagarjuna. Mission to Tibet offers the first complete English translation of Desideri's captivating account of his sojourn in Tibet."--Donald Lopez, Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan "As this accomplished translation by Michael J. Sweet, edited by Leonard Zwilling, demonstrates, Desideri was more than merely a determined and subtle opponent of a religion not his own; he was also a perceptive scholar of Tibetan doctrine, an amazing linguist, and a fascinating travel writer. Sweet has captured his essence in this commanding work. Everyone with an interest in Tibet, Tibetan Buddhism, world history, and world religion will enjoy this wonder-filled account of Desideri's pioneering adventure, intimately detailed from Rome to Lhasa and back."--Jeffrey Hopkins, author of Meditation on Emptiness " Mission to Tibet is the most important work to appear in the field of Desideri studies since Luciano Petech's critical edition of the Jesuit's writings over fifty years ago. That Mission to Tibet provides a rip-roaring adventure, political intrigue, and a window onto a long-lost Tibet only adds to the pleasure of reading this new translation."-Trent Pomplun, Department of Theology, Loyola University Maryland, and author of Jesuit on the Roof of the World "Sweet's and Zwilling's thorough historical work and beautiful translation make this book an instant classic and essential resource for anyone interested in the history of intercultural learning, comparative theology, and missiology."--John Makransky, Associate Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology, Boston College
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When Ippolito Desideri's 'Historical Notices of Tibet' first appeared in an abridged English translation in 1932, it was soon recognized as a classic for its richly detailed descriptions of Tibetan social, cultural, and religious life. The present unabridged English translation addresses omissions from the first publication.
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When Ippolito Desideri's Historical Notices of Tibet (Notizie Istoriche del Tibet) first appeared in an abridged English translation in 1932, it was soon recognized as a classic for its richly detailed descriptions of Tibetan social, cultural, and religious life. The Italian missionary was most notably the first Westerner to learn about Buddhism directly with Tibetan scholars and from a profound study of its primary texts. He was also an eyewitness to some of the most tumultuous events in Tibet's history, of which he left us a vivid and dramatic account. Unfortunately the earlier translation omitted, truncated, or paraphrased much of Desideri's text, especially his comprehensive treatment of Tibetan religion and key Buddhist concepts such as emptiness and rebirth together with their philosophical and ethical implications. The present unabridged and engrossing English translation redresses those omissions. Richly annotated, it also includes an introduction situating the work in the context of Desideri's life and his intellectual and religious milieu.

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