Even in the 1950s. Tibet and lts emotion were harrfiv kno^n to the public except through the accounts of «ruin traveler a few translations of texts; ,nd only Tibttolotfw had carried out any ,n-depth study of the country. For most Westerners.

Thibet" remained poorly known, a semi-legendarv kingdom shrouded in mystery.

The political tragedy of 1959 suddenly and brutally changed that situation. In the lace of Chinese occupation, motiv Tibetan s chose to follow the Fourteenth Dalai lama aad most of the major religious figures into evle. They have been welcomed, often in difficult conditions, ill India, Nepal, and nei^hboriti--" Himalayan regions. Although threatening the survival oi' Tibetan culture, these historical events have contributed to the emergence of Tibetan Buddhism from its geographical -.eifii^ and have encouraged its spread throughout thtf world.

1 or ilie last lilicei: veus or nnnv lamias Saw bien the w«v,d, pirricsilu K in ilk Wet hi re.piuiie to the r^ucst* oi r.i.inj West. i»i tCtuLiut. veuain [¡leu :uu- li-unc.v'd

.enter-,,if f'ik'tui Miui:Li. while tn>-\ ten li nvJu m.'ii i-i.l ire

I' R I- !• C f t"vh" V,iii-.iv3n.i. thf form of Buddhism practiced in rft:hnU|lKT * wins number of Vferternm have begun to take '"Ya,H< approach to these teachings. The«

:,n interest nor only in Buddhism but also in traditions!

,sntnvi'a' r Nevertheless* certain aits considered as Tibetan med'tin<" 1 , , ■

■ - ,,-b as Tibetan astrology and donation, remain prac-"minof, MKH-IJ

tkiilv unknown to this day.

The purpose of this book ss to open a crack, tn a door, that 0f h studv oi Tibetan astrology. Very little has appeared on this ««'subject m the West. 1 have therefore been obliged to M.t,dv nd translate the Tibetan texts, a difficult task m view 0t' the ere« lumber of technical terms often omitted from dictionaries. Oniv after much cross-checking, verification, and comparison with Chinese and Indian astrology did this book begin to take shape Despite its lacunae and imperfections, I hope this w0rk will be a modest contribution to the knowledge of the Tibetan universe. Even at the ethnological level, astrology is seldom; studied and is often regarded with a degree of contempt. Nonetheless it remains a source of knowledge regarding the civiliza-;. tion that produced it, and is the vehicle for numerous myths and ancient cultural influences. .

Particularly for Tibetans, astrology can only be understood as part of a cosmology—a vision of humanity in the universe, in •the planetary environment 1 invite the reader to a discovery of:

this vision.

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