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Identity, Ritual and State in Tibetan Buddhism

The Foundations of Authority in Gelukpa Monasticis
Mills Martin A.

Editeur - Casa editrice

Curzon Pr

  Asia
Tibet
Ladakh

Anno - Date de Parution

2003

Pagine - Pages

440

Titolo originale

Identity, Ritual and State in Tibetan Buddhism: The Foundations of Authority in Gelukpa Monasticism

Lingua - language - langue

eng

Edizione - Collana

Studies in Trantric Traditions

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Identity, Ritual and State in Tibetan Buddhism: The Foundations of Authority in Gelukpa Monasticism

Identity, Ritual and State in Tibetan Buddhism  

This is a major anthropological study of contemporary Tibetan Buddhist monasticism and tantric ritual in the Ladakh region of North-West India and of the role of tantric ritual in the formation and maintenance of traditional forms of state structure and political consciousness in Tibet. Containing detailed descriptions and analyses of monastic ritual, the work builds up a picture of Tibetan tantric traditions as they interact with more localized understandings of bodily identity and territorial cosmology, to produce a substantial re-interpretation of the place of monks as ritual performers and peripheral householders in Ladakh. The work also examines the central and indispensable role of incarnate lamas, such as the Dalai Lama, in the religious life of Tibetan Buddhists.

 


Recensione in altra lingua (English):

Contents:

Part I: The Face of Monasticism
1. History and Authority
2. The Face of Monaticism
3. Reassessing Monasticism

Part II: Truth and Hierarchy in Tantric Ritual
4. Iconography, Authority and Truth in Buddhist Tantra
5. Tantric Practice and Kumbum

Part III: Local Rites
6. Care and Cosmology in Lingshed
7. Relations with the Dharma
8. Pollution Concerns in Lingshed

Part IV: Authority and the Personin Gelukpa Monasticism
9. The Incarnate, the Scholar and the Oracle - Moments of Authority in Gelukpa Monasticism
10. Local Gods and the Embodied Person in Lingshed
11. Characterising Incarnates
12. Hierarchy and Precedent in Gelukpa Monasticism

Part V: Ideology, Ritual and State
13. Ideology, Ritual and State in Tibetan Buddhism



Recensione in lingua italiana

Il saggio parte dallo studio sul campo del monastero di Lingshed, isolato fra i monti dello Zanskar.