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Buddhism In Tibet Essay

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Harry DenoncourtProfessor Hoffman22 October 2014Global Human IssuesTibetan DiaryThe Tibetan Diary written by Geoff Childs this book is a non-fiction book about the Tibetan village lifestyle. The author focuses on the struggles of their society and their complex cultural. The author goes into further detail about the everyday lifestyle of Tibetan people living in the Nubri Valley in Nepal. Geoff Childs goes into the struggle that the people have to deal with having to decide between individual aspirations and cultural norms. The book is mostly about Geoff Child's trips to Nubri Valley from 1995 to 2000 where he observed and analyzed the culture.The author does an excellent job of story telling his journey's when he explored the Tibetan villages. He also does a very good job of going back and forth between is reactions to what he is seeing and still keeping unbiased opinion. In the Nubri Valley the Tibetan people are extremely religious. The main point of this book is to talk about how Buddhism plays a major role in society and how society deals with the different stages of Buddhism.The Tibetan people do not like outsiders visiting them. They call foreigners "gyemi." So when Geoff Childs finally made it to the Nubri Valley he was met with some strange looks by the village people. A day into his trip a Tibet government official came to the Nubri Valley and questioned why he was here. The official seemed shocked that Geoff Childs wanted to study these people, he called the Tibet villagers a derogatory terms called "bhotary." Eventually with the help of the villagers they government official left and Geoff Childs was able to study the Tibet villagers.Buddhism has rapidly across India and other part of the world like places like Afghanistan and Japan. In the seventh century, well over a thousand years after Shakyamuni Buddha died his teachings began to trickle down into Tibet. However in when the empire collapsed in 842, Buddhism also collapsed too. It wasn't until the eleventh century that people started practicing Buddhism in Tibet. Today in Tibet there are five major sects of Tibetan Buddhism: Gelugpa, Kargyupa, Nyingmapa, Sakyapa, and Bon. The most popular is Gelugpa who's most famous person is the Dalai Lama.The Tibetan people believe that the first stage of life is not at birth but rather at conception. Mothers know that they are going to have a baby they eat nutritious foods and seek spiritual means to prevent anything from happening to their new born baby. Once the child is finally born immediately they must fight for their life in order to survive. Infant mortality rate is extremely high in the Nubri Valley. Almost one and four alive doesn't live to see their first birthday.In one story told by Geoff Childs he interviews a mother whose new born baby just died at birth. Geoff and his friend Tashi visit the women's house. In Tibet culture once you are inside a person's house you must eat and drink the food offered to you. The customary drink you...

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