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Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet: Religious Revival and Cultural Identity

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Following the upheavals of the Cultural Revolution, the People's Republic of China gradually permitted the renewal of religious activity. Tibetans, whose traditional religious and cultural institutions had been decimated during the preceding two decades, took advantage of the decisions of 1978 to begin a Buddhist renewal that is one of the most extensive and dramatic examples of religious revitalization in contemporary China. The nature of that revival is the focus of this book. Four leading specialists in ...

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Overview

Following the upheavals of the Cultural Revolution, the People's Republic of China gradually permitted the renewal of religious activity. Tibetans, whose traditional religious and cultural institutions had been decimated during the preceding two decades, took advantage of the decisions of 1978 to begin a Buddhist renewal that is one of the most extensive and dramatic examples of religious revitalization in contemporary China. The nature of that revival is the focus of this book. Four leading specialists in Tibetan anthropology and religion conducted case studies in the Tibet autonomous region and among the Tibetans of Sichuan and Qinghai provinces. There they observed the revival of the Buddhist heritage in monastic communities and among laypersons at popular pilgrimages and festivals. Demonstrating how that revival must contend with tensions between the Chinese state and aspirations for greater Tibetan autonomy, the authors discuss ways that Tibetan Buddhists are restructuring their religion through a complex process of social, political, and economic adaptation. Buddhism has long been the main source of Tibetans' pride in their culture and country. These essays reveal the vibrancy of that ancient religion in contemporary Tibet and also the problems that religion and Tibetan culture in general are facing in a radically altered world.

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While also mentioning other non-religious responses to the ensuing dilemmas, Kapstein briefly summarizes the wider political context for the religious revivals, and how the changing attitudes of the Chinese authorities as the 1990s have progressed, including a rather grim reminder of the recent more stringent limits to the Chinese state toleration of Tibetan religion. This book is essential reading for those interested in contemporary Tibetan religion and society.
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Cathy Cantwell
While also mentioning other non-religious responses to the ensuing dilemmas, Kapstein briefly summarizes the wider political context for the religious revivals, and how the changing attitudes of the Chinese authorities as the 1990s have progressed, including a rather grim reminder of the recent more stringent limits to the Chinese state toleration of Tibetan religion. This book is essential reading for those interested in contemporary Tibetan religion and society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520211308
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 7/27/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 235
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Melvyn C. Goldstein is John Reynolds Harkness Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Research on Tibet at Case Western University. Matthew T. Kapstein is Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies in the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. His publications include a translation of Dudjom Rinpoche's The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism (1991) and the catalogue and ten-volume edition of The 'Dzam-thang Edition of the Collected Works of Kun-mkhyen Dol-po-pa Shes-rab-rgyal-mtshan (1992/3).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
1 Introduction 1
2 The Revival of Monastic Life in Drepung Monastery 15
3 Re-membering the Dismembered Body of Tibet: Contemporary Tibetan Visionary Movements in the People's Republic of China 53
4 A Pilgrimage of Rebirth Reborn: The 1992 Celebration of the Drigung Powa Chenmo 95
5 Ritual, Ethnicity, and Generational Identity 120
6 Concluding Reflections 139
Appendix Spellings of Tibetan Names and Terms 151
Notes 157
Bibliography 193
List of Contributors 201
Index 203
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