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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195152271

ISBN-13: 9780195152272

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book explores the Buddhist role in the formation of Tibetan religious thought and identity. In three major sections, the author examines Tibet's eighth-century conversion, sources of dispute within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and the continuing revelation of the teaching in both doctrine and myth.

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This book explores the Buddhist role in the formation of Tibetan religious thought and identity. In three major sections, the author examines Tibet's eighth-century conversion, sources of dispute within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and the continuing revelation of the teaching in both doctrine and myth.

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 xv
A Brief Chronology of Tibetan Buddhism xvii
Introduction: Death, Literacy, and Tibet's Buddhist Elite
3(20)
The Uncertain Fate of the Dead
5(5)
Literacy and Learning in a Dark Age
10(7)
Elite Buddhism and the Expression of Authority
17(6)
PART I: CONVERSION AND NARRATIVE
The Chinese Mother of Tibet's Dharma-King: The Testament of Ba and the Beginnings of Tibetan Buddhist Historiography
23(15)
History's Mirrorwork
23(3)
China's Nephew
26(2)
Tibet's Son
28(2)
Solomon on the Silk Road
30(2)
The Religious Transformation of History
32(4)
History and Identity
36(2)
The Mark of Vermilion: Rebirth and Resurrection in an Early Medieval Tale
38(13)
The Mark of Vermilion
38(4)
Cosmology, Karma, and Conversion
42(4)
From Rebirth to Resurrection
46(5)
Plague, Power, and Reason: The Royal Conversion to Buddhism Reconsidered
51(18)
The Puzzle of the Tibetan Conversion
51(2)
The Power of Plague
53(1)
The Charisma of Reason
54(2)
Buddhism and Legislation
56(2)
Imperial Cosmopolitanism
58(7)
Converting the Conversion
65(4)
PART II: SOURCES OF CONTESTATION
From Korea to Tibet: Action at a Distance in the Early Medieval World System
69(16)
An Island in the Eastern Sea
70(1)
The Tamer of Tigers
71(4)
Chan Traces in Later Traditions
75(3)
The Vicissitudes of the Great Chinese Commentary
78(4)
Korea, Tibet, and the Early Medieval World System
82(3)
What is "Tibetan Scholasticism"? Three Ways of Thought
85(36)
Sakya Pandita's Reasons
89(8)
Karma Pakshi's Doubts
97(9)
Dolpopa on the Age of Perfection
106(13)
Contestation and Self-representation
119(2)
The Purificatory Gem and Its Cleansing: A Late Polemical Discussion of Apocryphal Texts
121(20)
Our Notions of Buddhist Canon and Apocrypha
121(2)
Realism, Idealism, and Scriptural Authenticity
123(3)
The Purificatory Gem and Its Cleansing: Historical Background
126(2)
The Texts and Why They Were Written
128(3)
The Question of Spiritual Treasures
131(10)
PART III: MYTH, MEMORY, REVELATION
The Imaginal Persistence of the Empire
141(22)
The Truth of Myth
141(3)
The Most Compassionate King
144(11)
The Advent of the Lotus Guru
155(5)
Hierarchy and Universality
160(3)
Samantabhadra and Rudra: Myths of Innate Enlightenment and Radical Evil
163(15)
Fragments from a Myth of Tibet
163(4)
The Myth of Samantabhadra
167(3)
The Matricide Rudra
170(6)
Must the Message Be Mythic?
176(2)
The Amnesic Monarch and the Five Mnemic Men: "Memory" in the Great Perfection Tradition
178(19)
Preliminary Orientations
178(2)
Mnemic Engagement in the Wide-Open Tantra of Universal Liberation
180(7)
An Allegorical Re-presentation
187(6)
Mnemic Engagement in the Practice of Prayer
193(1)
By Way of Conclusion
194(3)
Appendix: The Prayer of Great Power 197(6)
Notes 203(70)
Chinese Glossary 273(2)
Bibliography 275(30)
Tibetan References
275(8)
Sanskrit References
283(1)
Chinese References
283(1)
Western Language References
284(21)
Index 305

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