The Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhism: Conversion, Contestation, and Memory / Edition 1

The Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhism: Conversion, Contestation, and Memory / Edition 1

by Matthew T. Kapstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195152271

ISBN-13: 9780195152272

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhism explores the manner in which Buddhism penetrated Tibetan religious thought and became a core component of Tibetan identity. Author Matthew Kapstein examines Tibet's eighth-century conversion to Buddhism, the tensions that arose from competing lines of transmission and interpretation, and the continuing revelation of Buddhist…  See more details below

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The Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhism explores the manner in which Buddhism penetrated Tibetan religious thought and became a core component of Tibetan identity. Author Matthew Kapstein examines Tibet's eighth-century conversion to Buddhism, the tensions that arose from competing lines of transmission and interpretation, and the continuing revelation of Buddhist teaching in the myths and doctrines of the ancient Nyingmapa school. These themes - conversion, contestation, and memory - form a unifying framework for the diverse case studies described in this book." "Drawing on a wide range of original Tibetan sources such as historical narratives, imperial edicts, philosophical treatises, polemical writings, and works on yoga and meditation, Kapstein introduces the varied textures to thought and expression within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Throughout this study, the investigation of specific topics is informed methodologically and theoretically by contemporary work in religion, history, and philosophy. By drawing on modern systems of thought, Kapstein is able to illuminate the subject in a manner that speaks to our own cultural world." "Offering a wide-ranging view of the history and development of Tibetan Buddhism, this book is required reading for scholars and students of Buddhism and Asian Religions, historians of religion, and anyone seeking deeper knowledge of the Buddhist tradition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195152272
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1790L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

A Note on Pronunciation
A Brief Chronology of Tibetan Buddhism
1Introduction: Death, Literacy, and Tibet's Buddhist Elite3
Pt. IConversion and Narrative
2The Chinese Mother of Tibet's Dharma-King: The Testament of Ba and the Beginnings of Tibetan Buddhist Historiography23
3The Mark of Vermilion: Rebirth and Resurrection in an Early Medieval Table38
4Plague, Power, and Reason: The Royal Conversion to Buddhism Reconsidered51
Pt. IISources of Contestation
5From Korea to Tibet: Action at a Distance in the Early Medieval World System69
6What Is "Tibetan Scholasticism"? Three Ways of Thought85
7The Purificatory Gem and Its Cleansing: A Late Polemical Discussion of Apocryphal Texts121
Pt. IIIMyth, Memory, Revelation
8The Imaginal Persistence of the Empire141
9Samantabhadra and Rudra: Myths of Innate Enlightenment and Radical Evil163
10The Amnesic Monarch and the Five Mnemic Men: "Memory" in the Great Perfection Tradition178
AppThe Prayer of Great Power197
Notes203
Chinese Glossary273
Bibliography275
Tibetan References275
Sanskrit References283
Chinese References283
Western Language References284
Index305

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