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Buddhism and Empire: The Political and Religious Culture of Early Tibet
     

Buddhism and Empire: The Political and Religious Culture of Early Tibet

by Michael Walter, Michael L. Walter
 

This book convincingly reassesses the role of political institutions in the introduction of Buddhism under the Tibetan Empire (c. 620-842), showing how relationships formed in the Imperial period underlie many of the unique characteristics of traditional Tibetan Buddhism. Taking original sources as a point of departure, the author persuasively argues that later

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This book convincingly reassesses the role of political institutions in the introduction of Buddhism under the Tibetan Empire (c. 620-842), showing how relationships formed in the Imperial period underlie many of the unique characteristics of traditional Tibetan Buddhism. Taking original sources as a point of departure, the author persuasively argues that later sources hitherto used for the history of early Tibetan Buddhism in fact project later ideas backward, thus distorting our view of its enculturation.
Following the pattern of Buddhism’s spread elsewhere in Asia, the early Tibetan imperial court realized how useful normative Buddhist concepts were.
This work clearly shows that, while some beliefs and practices per se changed after the Tibetan Empire, the model of socio-political-religious leadership developed in that earlier period survived its demise and still constitutes a significant element in contemporary Tibetan Buddhist religious culture.

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'This book expands the range of Old Tibetan Studies. Those who study early Tibet hereafter must consider Tibetan culture in the context of the Eurasian culture complex.'
Kazushi Iwao, The International Journal of Asian Studies 8/2 (2011)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004175846
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/24/2009
Series:
Brill's Tibetan Studies Library Series , #22
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Michael L. Walter, Ph.D. (1980) in Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University, is Librarian of the Lumbini International Research Institute (Lumbini, Nepal) and a cataloger at Indiana University Libraries. He has published on Tibetan religion and traditional sciences.

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