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Samuel, Geoffrey

Works: 28 works in 202 publications in 2 languages and 5,407 library holdings
Genres: History  Cross-cultural studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Translator
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Geoffrey Samuel
Healing powers and modernity : traditional medicine, shamanism, and science in Asian societies by Linda Connor( )

21 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 2,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The origins of yoga and tantra : Indic religions to the thirteenth century by Geoffrey Samuel( )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Yoga, tantra and other forms of Asian meditation are practised in modernised forms throughout the world today, but most introductions to Hinduism of Buddhism tell only part of the story of how they developed. This book is an interpretation of the history of Indic religions up to around 1200 C.E., with particular focus on the development of yogic and tantric traditions. It assesses how much we really know about this period, and asks what sense we can make of the evolution of yogic and tantric practices, which were to become such central and important features of the Indic religious scene. Its originality lies in seeking to understand these traditions in terms of the total social and religious context of South Asian society during this period, including the religious practices of the general population with their close engagement with family, gender, economic life and other pragmatic concerns."--Jacket
Civilized shamans : Buddhism in Tibetan societies by Geoffrey Samuel( Book )

17 editions published between 1993 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Civilized Shamans examines the nature and evolution of religion in Tibetan societies from the ninth century up to the Chinese occupation in 1950. Geoffrey Samuel argues that religion in these societies developed as a dynamic amalgam of strands of Indian Buddhism and the indigenous spirit-cults of Tibet. Samuel stresses the diversity of Tibetan societies, demonstrating that central Tibet, the Dalai Lama's government at Lhasa, and the great monastic institutions around Lhasa formed only a part of the context within which Tibetan Buddhism matured. Employing anthropological research, historical inquiry, rich interview material, and a deep understanding of religious texts, the author explores the relationship between Tibet's social and political institutions and the emergence of new modes of consciousness that characterize Tibetan Buddhist spirituality. Samuel identifies the two main orientations of this religion as clerical (primarily monastic) and shamanic (associated with Tantric yoga). The specific form that Buddhism has taken in Tibet is rooted in the pursuit of enlightenment by a minority of the people - lamas, monks, and yogins - and the desire for shamanic services (in quest of health, long life, and prosperity) by the majority. Shamanic traditions of achieving altered states of consciousness have been incorporated into Tantric Buddhism, which aims to communicate with Tantric deities through yoga. The author contends that this incorporation forms the basis for much of the Tibetan lamas' role in their society and that their subtle scholarship reflects the many ways in which they have reconciled the shamanic and clerical orientations. This book, the first full account of Tibetan Buddhism in two decades, ranges as no other study has over several disciplines and languages, incorporating historical and anthropological discussion. Viewing Tibetan Buddhism as one of the great spiritual and psychological achievements of humanity, Samuel analyzes a complex society that combines the literacy and rationality associated with centralized states with the shamanic processes more familiar among tribal peoples
Tibetan buddhism : the ebook by Geoffrey Samuel( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tantric revisionings : new understandings of Tibetan Buddhism and Indian religion by Geoffrey Samuel( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tantric Revisionings presents stimulating new perspectives on Hindu and Buddhist religion, particularly their Tantric versions, in India, Tibet or in modern Western societies. Geoffrey Samuel adopts an historically and textually informed anthropological approach, seeking to locate and understand religion in its social and cultural context. The question of the relation between 'popular' (folk, domestic, village, 'shamanic') religion and elite (literary, textual, monastic) religion forms a recurring theme through these studies. Six chapters have not been previously published; the previously published studies included are in publications which are difficult to locate in major specialist libraries."--Jacket
The daughters of Hāritī : childbirth and female healers in South and Southeast Asia by Santi Rozario( Book )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors ask what can be done to improve maternal and infant deaths and illnesses still associated with childbirth in this area and whether the wholesale replacement of indigenous knowledge by Western biomedical technology is a good thing
Religion and the subtle body in Asia and the West : between mind and body by Geoffrey Samuel( Book )

15 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Subtle-body practices are found particularly in Indian, Indo-Tibetan and East Asian societies, but have become increasingly familiar in Western societies, especially through the various healing and yogic techniques and exercises associated with them. This book explores subtle-body practices from a variety of perspectives, and includes both studies of these practices in Asian and Western contexts. The book discusses how subtle-body practices assume a quasi-material level of human existence that is intermediate between conventional concepts of body and mind. Often, this level is conceiv
Nature religion today : paganism in the modern world( Book )

9 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While traditional religions are in decline, Paganism is an area of unprecedented growth. This book offers an informed, state of the art insight into this fascinating area of cultural change. Drawing on accounts from practitioners and academics, it shows nature religion evolving from a blend of environmental activism, feminism, critiques of capitalism and innovative forms of spirituality, such as dedication to the Goddess. This is a cutting-edge study which raises important questions about the recovery of tradition in late modernity, as well as nature religion's relationship with the global but fragmented religious resurgence known as the New Age
Introducing Tibetan Buddhism by Geoffrey Samuel( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Introducing Tibetan Buddhism is the ideal starting point for students wishing to undertake a comprehensive study of Tibetan religion. This lively introduction covers the whole spectrum of Tibetan religious history, from early figures and the development of the old and new schools of Buddhism to the spread and influence of Tibetan Buddhism throughout the world. Geoffrey Samuel covers the key schools and traditions, as well as Bon, and bodies of textual material, including the writings of major lamas. He explores aspects such as the path to liberation through Sutra and Tantra teachings, philosophy, ethics, ritual, and issues of gender and national identity. Illustrated throughout, the book includes a chronology, glossary, pronunciation guide, summaries, discussion questions and recommendations for further reading to aid students' understanding and revision."
Buddhism, international relief work, and civil society by Hiroko Kawanami( Book )

11 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explores the ways in which Buddhist traditions and organizations are being reconstructed through local and international aid work in mays more engaged with and more relevant to human problems in the contemporary world
The religions of Mongolia by Walther Heissig( Book )

7 editions published between 1970 and 2000 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tantra and popular religion in Tibet by Geoffrey Samuel( Book )

9 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Papers presented at a session of a conference held at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, in August 1988
Le droit anglais des biens by Marie-France Papandréou-Deterville( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in French and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Monastic and lay traditions in north-eastern Tibet by Yangdon Dhondup( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent years, the Sino-Tibetan frontier regions have attracted increasing scholarly interest. The region of Rebkong in Qinghai province is of particular significance because of its unique location on the Sino-Tibetan borderland, its multi-ethnic population and its complex religious history, which incorporates both large Geluk monasteries and significant Nyingma and Bonpo lay tantric communities. Covering the nineteenth century to the present, this volume brings together ten papers that explore the relationship between religion and culture in Rebkong. Using insights from anthropology, history and religious studies, the contributors offer new research and fresh interpretations of this important region on China's periphery, discussing issues of ethnicity and identity, the role of public institutions, and the role of religion and rituals
Investigations on "spotted wilt" of tomatoes by Geoffrey Samuel( Book )

8 editions published in 1930 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The religions of Tibet by Giuseppe Tucci( Book )

12 editions published between 1979 and 2000 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides the historical background and description of Buddhism in Tibet, clarifying the uniqueness of Tibetan Buddhism
Asian traditions of meditation by Halvor Eifring( )

2 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The final chapter explores recent scientific interest in meditation, which, despite its Western orientation, remains almost exclusively concerned with practices of Asian origin.Until a few years ago a major obstacle to the study of specific meditation practices within the traditions explored here was a widespread scholarly orientation that prioritized doctrinal issues and sociocultural contexts over actual practice. The contributors seek to counter this bias and supplement concerns over doctrine and context with the historical study of meditative practice.Asian Traditions of Meditation will appeal broadly to readers interested in meditation, mindfulness, and spirituality and those in the emerging field of contemplative education, as well as students and scholars of Asian and religious studies
The Crystal Rosary Insight and Method in an Anthropological Study of Tibetan Religion by Geoffrey Samuel( Book )

3 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction au common law by Pierre Legrand( Book )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in French and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Body, performance, agency, and experience by International Conference "Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual"( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Healing powers and modernity : traditional medicine, shamanism, and science in Asian societies
The origins of yoga and tantra : Indic religions to the thirteenth centuryCivilized shamans : Buddhism in Tibetan societiesTantric revisionings : new understandings of Tibetan Buddhism and Indian religionThe daughters of Hāritī : childbirth and female healers in South and Southeast AsiaNature religion today : paganism in the modern worldThe religions of TibetBody, performance, agency, and experience
Alternative Names
Geoffrey Samuel antropólogo australiano

Geoffrey Samuel antropólogu británicu

Geoffrey Samuel Australian anthropologist

Geoffrey Samuel australischer Anthropologe

Geoffrey Samuel Brits antropoloog

Samuel, Geoffrey 1946-...

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French (7)