This volume forms a sequel to the author`s Tibet: Past and Present and The people of Tibet. Like them, it is in part an historical account, in part a description of conditions in the earlier part of the twentieth century. Sir Charles Bell traces the history of the introduction to Buddhism, of the resistance and general decay of the older magic-worship of Ponism, and of the developments which have taken place within Tibetan Buddhism itself. The latter part of the book deals more particularly with the religious organization, with life in the great monasteries and with the religious customs and beliefs of the people.
The illustrations are from the author`s own photographs taken in Tibet, Sikkim and Bhutan. Sir Charles Bell began his life long relationship with Tibet at Kalimpong, Sikkim in 1901. He wrote several books about Tibet, her people and her language; few since, and certainly none before, have written so well about Tibet.