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This front matter section of this book Contributions to the Cultural History of Early Tibet contains the table of contents, preface and a list of abbreviations. The book is divided into three parts. In part one, the contributors examine key aspects of Tibetan imperial administration and post-imperial affairs. The two chapters of part two take up several dimensions of reconstruction and translation of the Dunhuang Tibetan text, History of the Cycle of Birth and Death. Part three explores east-to-west movement of texts and ideas. The transmission of the Yulanpen jing to Tibet suggests that Chinese 'popular' Buddhism, and not only the more rarified traditions of learning and meditation, may have played some role in the Tibetan adoption of the foreign religion.

Keywords: Chinese Buddhism; cultural history; Dunhuang; early Tibet; Yulanpen jing

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