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The Cultural Monuments of Tibet's Outer Provinces: Amdo - vol 2

The Gansu and Sichuan Parts of Amdo
Gruschke Andreas

Editeur - Casa editrice

White Lotus Co Ltd

  Asia
Tibet
Cina

Anno - Date de Parution

2001

Pagine - Pages

110

Titolo originale

The Cultural Monuments of Tibet's Outer Provinces: Amdo - vol 2: The Gansu and Sichuan Parts of Amdo

Lingua - language - langue

eng


The Cultural Monuments of Tibet's Outer Provinces: Amdo - vol 2  

The Gansu and Sichuan Parts of Amdo reveals that Tibetans have rebuilt their economy and revitalized their traditional way of life. Despite Tibet being an issue, east Tibet has not until now been thoroughly researched, though it comprises about two thirds of the Tibetan Plateau. It is astounding, therefore, that the West knows hardly anything about it. This book, together with vol.1, makes up this deficit, providing interested readers with comprehensive information about unknown sites in Amdo, which are fascinating and puzzling, as well as their role in history.
This second volume on Amdo first presents unknown Tibetan Buddhist art and hitherto overlooked Sino-Tibetan lamaseries on the silk Road fringes. Labrang Monastery in the Tibeto-Chinese borderlands highlights the nexus between Tibet, East and Central Asia. Continuing south in Gansu, the Sichuan part of Amdo contains a wealth of local Tibetan cultural centres. The importance of the Ngawa Gelugpa realm and the last Jonangpa communities in Dzamthang have been absolutely underestimated for centuries. This book helps to dispel some of the uninformed views which have been spread in the West.
Detailed descriptions of the major historic sites facilitate understanding of their development, and provides guidance to find the sights and understand what can be seen there. One can prepare a tour to this region in advance by going through this presentation of the extraordinary cultural monuments presented in this volume.
Serta, the world's largest Buddhist academy, virtually unknown, has impressive architectural features such as the Jonang chörten and temple towers seen nowhere else in Tibet. These add to the hidden treasures of Amdo's living and revitalized Buddhist tradition. The region presented in this book is one of diversity in a highland realm that for long was neglected in respect of its historic and cultural importance.

 



Recensione in lingua italiana

Amdo
Volume 2. The Gansu and Sichuan Parts of Amdo

Foreword ....................................................................................................................i
Introductory Notes .....................................................................................................iv
Introduction to Tibet’s Cultural Provinces Amdo and Kham..................................1
Part 1. Northeast and Eastern Tibet: settlement pattern and current political divisions .....1
Part 2. Amdo ..............................................................................................................6
P 2.1. Derivation of the toponym ‘Amdo’ ....................................................................7
P 2.2. A historical sketch of Tibet’s Amdo region .......................................................10
P 2.3. Highlights of Amdo culture ...............................................................................16

The Gansu part of Amdo

1. Lamaist Temples on the Silk Road Margin .......................................................20
1.1. Monasteries in Thendru: northernmost Tibetan settlements ....................................20
1.1.1. Chörten Thang .................................................................................................20
1.1.2. Yarlung Thurchen Monastery ...........................................................................21
1.1.3. Tawen Gompa .................................................................................................21
1.1.4. Taglung Monastery ..........................................................................................21
1.1.5. Tethung Dorje Changgi Lhakhang ....................................................................22
1.1.6. Tethung Gönchen ............................................................................................22
1.1.6. Namtethung Drag Gön .....................................................................................22
1.2. Mati Monastery and the Horseshoe Grottoes ......................................................22
1.3. Ming dynasty Tibetan Art in Bingling Si ...............................................................24
2. Labrang Tashi Chil - Gelugpa Order's spiritual centre ....................................28
3. Monasteries of Heitso, Chone and the marshes of the Ma Chu .....................44
3.1. Heitso Monastery ...............................................................................................44
3.2. Chone Lamasery ................................................................................................48
3.3. Tagtshang Lhamo ...............................................................................................50
3.4. Other Lamaseries of Kanlho ...............................................................................53
3.4.1. Shitshang Gompa ............................................................................................54
3.4.2. The White Crag Monastery .............................................................................54
3.4.3. Terlung Monastery ..........................................................................................55
3.4.4. Ganden Tashi Samdrub Ling ...........................................................................55
3.4.5. Yerwa Gompa ................................................................................................55
3.4.6. Pelshe Dengkha Gompa ..................................................................................55
3.4.7. Wangtshang Monastery ...................................................................................56
3.4.8. Marnyung Jampa Ling .....................................................................................56

The Sichuan part of Amdo

4. The Dzöge area in the marshes of the Ma Chu ................................................58
4.1. Deshing Gompa ..................................................................................................58
4.2. Tagtsha Gompa ..................................................................................................59
4.3. Juxiang Si and other Bön centres of Dzöge ..........................................................59
4.4. Chögyal* Monastery ..........................................................................................59
5. The Flourishing Monastic Life in Ngawa ..........................................................61
5.1. The Bönpo order and its monasteries in Ngawa ..................................................62
5.1.1. The Bön religion ..............................................................................................62
5.1.2. Nangshig Gompa ............................................................................................64
5. 2. Monasteries of Buddhist sects in Ngawa valley ..................................................65
5.2.1. Kirti Gompa ...................................................................................................66
5.2.2. Gomang Monastery ........................................................................................68
5.2.3. Amchog Tshennyi Gompa ...............................................................................68
6. Long-hidden and unexplored Dzamthang ...............................................................71
6.1. Buddhist Monasteries of Dzamthang ............................................................71
6.1.1. Sirin Kar ........................................................................................................71
6.1.2. Bangtuo Monastery ........................................................................................75
6. 2. Monasteries of the forgotten Jonangpa ..............................................................75
6.2.1. The Jonangpa Order ......................................................................................76
6.2.2. Dzamthang Tsangwa Monastery .....................................................................78
6.2.3. Ngayül Se Monastery .....................................................................................82
7. Serta and the world’s largest Buddhist Academy ............................................85
7.1. The Buddhist Academy of Serthang Larung Ngarig Nangten Lobling ...................85 [news]
7.2. Dündül Chörten .................................................................................................90

Amdo and Tibet: common cultural features and differences .............93

1. Tibet and its Periphery ..........................................................................................95
2. Amdo: aspects of popular religion - prayer-flags, lhatos and chörten ......................96

Concluding Remarks on the delimitation of Amdo .............................101

Notes .....................................................................................................................103
Bibliography ...........................................................................................................1...
Glossary .................................................................................................................1...
Index - mini gazetteer


Biografia

Gruschke Andreas

Born in 1960, Andreas Gruschke lives and works in the southwest German city of Freiburg. 1982 to 1990 studies in geography, ethnology (cultural anthropology) and sinology at universities in Aachen, Freiburg and Beijing (1984/85). Work as a lecturer at Shanxi Agricultural University in Taigu, Shanxi, PRC (in 1985/86), and at Kangweon National University in Chuncheon, South Korea (1992/93). Beginning in 1987 repeatedly guiding study tours through Eastern and Central Asia, with the emphasis put on Tibet and the Silk Road. During numerous private stays the author continued research on Tibetan culture, with a particular view to the ethnic development and the relationship between the different peoples in contact. Altogether, he has been more than 30 times to the various parts of the Tibetan realm, thus having travelled some 80,000 km all over the highland, from Ladakh and Western Tibet, several Tibetan areas in the Himalayas, southern and central Tibet, the vast steppes of the Changthang in the plateau's heart up to almost every area in Amdo and Kham in the East. His publications therefore mostly deal with Tibetan culture, including picture albums on Tibet, books on the oral tradition of the Tibetans and articles on ethnography, history and society.

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