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The Sound of Two Hands Clapping: The Education of a Tibetan Buddhist Monk

Georges B.J. Dreyfus


This book is a unique insider's account of day-to-day life inside a Tibetan monastery, which reveals to Western audiences the fascinating details of monastic education. The author of this book, who is the first Westerner to complete the famous Ge-luk curriculum and achieve the distinguished title of geshe, weaves together eloquent and moving autobiographical reflections with an historical overview of Tibetan Buddhism and insights into its teachings. The first part of the book looks at the context of Buddhism, monasticism, and the teaching and discipline of becoming a monk in Tibet. The second ... More

Keywords: Tibet, monastery, monastic education, Ge-luk curriculum, geshe, Buddhism, teaching, discipline, monk

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520232594
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520232594.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Georges B.J. Dreyfus, author