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

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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: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Lexile: 1790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Pronunciation
A Brief Chronology of Tibetan Buddhism
1 Introduction: Death, Literacy, and Tibet's Buddhist Elite 3
Pt. I Conversion and Narrative
2 The Chinese Mother of Tibet's Dharma-King: The Testament of Ba and the Beginnings of Tibetan Buddhist Historiography 23
3 The Mark of Vermilion: Rebirth and Resurrection in an Early Medieval Table 38
4 Plague, Power, and Reason: The Royal Conversion to Buddhism Reconsidered 51
Pt. II Sources of Contestation
5 From Korea to Tibet: Action at a Distance in the Early Medieval World System 69
6 What Is "Tibetan Scholasticism"? Three Ways of Thought 85
7 The Purificatory Gem and Its Cleansing: A Late Polemical Discussion of Apocryphal Texts 121
Pt. III Myth, Memory, Revelation
8 The Imaginal Persistence of the Empire 141
9 Samantabhadra and Rudra: Myths of Innate Enlightenment and Radical Evil 163
10 The Amnesic Monarch and the Five Mnemic Men: "Memory" in the Great Perfection Tradition 178
App The Prayer of Great Power 197
Notes 203
Chinese Glossary 273
Bibliography 275
Tibetan References 275
Sanskrit References 283
Chinese References 283
Western Language References 284
Index 305
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