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xiv, 370 pages : illustration, maps ; 25 cm
  • Acts of ingratitude
  • The limitations of propaganda
  • Patriotic soul boys and other Chinese myths
  • Tibetology with Chinese characteristics
  • Chinese and Tibetan perspectives on history.
The Buddha Party tells the story of how the People's Republic of China employs propaganda to define Tibetan Buddhist belief and sway opinion within the country and abroad. The narrative they create is at odds with historical facts and deliberately misleading, but, John Powers argues, it is widely believed by Han Chinese. Most of China's leaders appear to deeply believe the official line regarding Tibet, which resonates with Han notions of themselves as China's most advanced nationality and as a benevolent race that liberates and culturally uplifts minority peoples. This in turn profoundly affects how the leadership interacts with their counterparts in other countries. Powers's study focuses in particular on the government's "patriotic education" campaign-an initiative that forces monks and nuns to participate in propaganda sessions and repeat official dogma. Powers contextualizes this within a larger campaign to transform China's religions into "patriotic" systems that endorse Communist Party policies. This book offers a powerful, comprehensive examination of this ongoing phenomenon, how it works and how Tibetans resist it.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199358151 20161205
Green Library
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ix, 267 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Chapter 1: Introduction: Seeing Things As They Are Chapter 2: 'A Garden of Every Kind of People:' Newar Buddhists in Hindu Nepal Chapter 3: The Revival of "Pure Buddhism" Chapter 4: What Makes A Theravada Buddhist? Chapter 5: Becoming "Pure Buddhist" (1): Practices of Personhood Chapter 6: Becoming "Pure Buddhist" (2): Vipassana Meditation and the Theravada Care of the Self Chapter 7: The Best Dharma for Today: Post-Protestant Buddhism in Neoliberal Nepal Conclusion: The Buddhist Art of Living, in Nepal and Elsewhere.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415617345 20170424
Theravada Buddhism has experienced a powerful and far-reaching revival in modern Nepal, especially among the Newar Buddhist laity, many of whom are reorganizing their lives according to its precepts, practices and ideals. This book documents these far-reaching social and personal transformations and links them to political, economic and cultural shifts associated with late modernity, and especially neoliberal globalization. Nepal has changed radically over the last century, particularly since the introduction of liberal democracy and an open-market economy in 1990. The rise of lay vipassana meditation has also dramatically impacted the Buddhist landscape. Drawing on recently revived understandings of ethics as embodied practices of self-formation, the author argues that the Theravada turn is best understood as an ethical movement that offers practitioners ways of engaging, and models for living in, a rapidly changing world. The book takes readers into the Buddhist reform from the perspectives of its diverse practitioners, detailing devotees' ritual and meditative practices, their often conflicted relations to Vajrayana Buddhism and Newar civil society, their struggles over identity in a formerly Hindu nation-state, and the political, cultural, institutional and moral reorientations that becoming a "pure Buddhist"-as Theravada devotees understand themselves-entails. Based on more than 20 years of anthropological fieldwork, this book is an important contribution to scholarly debates over modern Buddhism, ethical practices, and the anthropology of religion. It is of interest to students and scholars of Asian Religion, Anthropology, Buddhism and Philosophy.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415617345 20170424
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xviii, 577 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Green Library
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xxii, 210 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
How does the tendency to crave pleasure and reject pain shape our lives? How does it affect the way we perceive reality, and how is it related to the emergence of suffering and the way it is experienced and transmitted? Can we live free of this tendency, beyond the pleasure principle? This book approaches these questions through an examination of the psychoanalytic concepts of projection and projective identification in the light of early Buddhist thought. It looks at the personal and the interpersonal, at theory, meta-theory, and everyday life. It observes how the mind's habits mould the human condition, and investigates its ability to free itself from their domination. It examines the potential of this liberation: to be in touch with reality as it is and live a less reactive, more ethical life.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781782204503 20170403
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xiv, 266 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 24 cm.
Lanna Buddhism is a variant of Theravada Buddhism that evolved between the 13th and 16th centuries in northern Thailand and spread to neighbouring areas of the Upper Mekong region. A salient feature is the belief in charismatic monks, some of whom are renowned for their asceticism, supernatural powers and strivings to recreate a utopian 'Buddha-land'. Issues highlighted in the book are the relationship of these charismatic monks to the state and state-controlled monkhood (sangha), the tendency for religious construction to spill over into economic development activities, and the diversity of lowland and highland devotional communities from Thailand and Myanmar.The book also explores contemporary influences on this religious tradition: the continuing marginalization of highland minorities and consequent devotion to messianic leaders, the incorporation for Lanna holy men into a national constellation of popular charismatic monks, the commercialization of Buddhism, and the patronage of wealthy urban elites.Charismatic Monks of Lanna Buddhism will appeal to scholars within the fields of Buddhist studies, Thai studies and the anthropology of religion as well as to those with an interest in the study of contemporary religious change in Thailand.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9788776941956 20170306
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xii, 265 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • I. Introduction: "Logging on". Part One: "The Play between Creativity and Desire". II. Chapter One: "Liquid Salvation: A Walkthrough of Second Life Religion". III. Chapter Two: "Second Life Buddhism: The Desire for 'Real Buddhism in a Virtual World". Part Two: "Three Virtual Jewels: Self, Practice and Community". IV. Chapter Three:"Virtual Robes of Enlightenment: Fashioning a Buddhist Self in Second Life". V. Chapter Four: "Sitting on a Virtual Cushio: Second Life Buddhist Practice". VI. Chapter Five: "The Virtual Sangha: A Buddhist Cloud Community". VII. Conclusion: "Awakening in the Virtual World".
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415628730 20170227
Cyber Zen ethnographically explores Buddhist practices in the online virtual world of Second Life. Does typing at a keyboard and moving avatars around the screen, however, count as real Buddhism? If authentic practices must mimic the actual world, then Second Life Buddhism does not. In fact, a critical investigation reveals that online Buddhist practices have at best only a family resemblance to canonical Asian traditions and owe much of their methods to the late twentieth century field of cybernetics. If, however, they are judged existentially, by how they enable users to respond to the suffering generated by living in a highly mediated consumer society, then Second Life Buddhism consists of authentic spiritual practices. Cyber Zen explores how Second Life Buddhist enthusiasts form communities, identities, locations, and practices that are both a product of and authentic response to contemporary Network Consumer Society. Gregory Price illustrates that to some extent all religion has always been virtual and gives a glimpse of possible future alternative forms of religion.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415628730 20170227
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v, 250 pages ; 22 cm
  • Buddhist Economics and the Three Fires-- Buddhist Economics and Socially Engaged Buddhism-- Happiness Failing on the World Stage-- The Greed-Infected Cloud of Hot Money-- If the Buddha Chaired the Federal Reserve--Banking for Right Livelihood-- Stepping out of the Circle of Pathology-- Accepting Impermanence.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781447318941 20170313
Despite fitful attempts over decades at reform, the global financial system seems to be caught in continuous cycles of boom and bust, instability and scandal. In this timely new book, Joel Magnuson builds on the classic works of E F Schumacher and other kindred spirits, to provide a Buddhist economics perspective on this recurring pattern, and offers new possibilities for real change.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781447318941 20170313
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xv, 396 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsNote on Transliteration and TranslationIntroduction: Journey to Golok1. Daughter of Golok: Tare Lhamo's Life and Context2. Local Heroine: The Hagiography of Cultural Trauma3. Inseparable Companions: A Buddhist Courtship and Correspondence4. Emissaries of Padmasambhava: Tibetan Treasures and Healing Trauma5. A Tantric Couple: The Hagiography of Cultural RevitalizationEpilogue: The Legacy of a Tantric CoupleAppendix A: Catalogue of the Letters of Namtrul RinpocheAppendix B: Catalogue of the Letters of Tare LhamoAbbreviationsNotesGlossary of Tibetan NamesBibliographyIndex.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231180528 20170227
Love Letters from Golok chronicles the courtship between two Buddhist tantric masters, Tare Lhamo (1938 2002) and Namtrul Rinpoche (1944 2011), and their passion for reinvigorating Buddhism in eastern Tibet during the post-Mao era. In fifty-six letters exchanged from 1978 to 1980, Tare Lhamo and Namtrul Rinpoche envisioned a shared destiny to  heal the damage" done to Buddhism during the years leading up to and including the Cultural Revolution. Holly Gayley retrieves the personal and prophetic dimensions of their courtship and its consummation in a twenty-year religious career that informs issues of gender and agency in Buddhism, cultural preservation among Tibetan communities, and alternative histories for minorities in China.The correspondence between Tare Lhamo and Namtrul Rinpoche is the first collection of  love letters" to come to light in Tibetan literature. Blending tantric imagery with poetic and folk song styles, their letters have a fresh vernacular tone comparable to the love songs of the Sixth Dalai Lama, but with an eastern Tibetan flavor. Gayley reads these letters against hagiographic writings about the couple, supplemented by field research, to illuminate representational strategies that serve to narrate cultural trauma in a redemptive key, quite unlike Chinese scar literature or the testimonials of exile Tibetans. With special attention to Tare Lhamo's role as a tantric heroine and her hagiographic fusion with Namtrul Rinpoche, Gayley vividly shows how Buddhist masters have adapted Tibetan literary genres to share private intimacies and address contemporary social concerns.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231542753 20170227
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xi, 509 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
"Sainthood" has been, and remains, a contested category in China, given the commitment of China's modern leadership to secularization, modernization, and revolution, and the discomfort of China's elite with matters concerning religion. However, sainted religious leaders have succeeded in rebuilding old institutions and creating new ones despite the Chinese government's censure. This book offers a new perspective on the history of religion in modern and contemporary China by focusing on the profiles of these religious leaders from the early 20th century through the present. Edited by noted authorities in the field of Chinese religion, Making Saints in Modern China offers biographies of prominent Daoists and Buddhists, as well as of the charismatic leaders of redemptive societies and state managers of religious associations in the People's Republic. The focus of the volume is largely on figures in China proper, although some attention is accorded to those in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other areas of the Chinese diaspora. Each chapter offers a biography of a religious leader and a detailed discussion of the way in which he or she became a "saint." The biographies illustrate how these leaders deployed and sometimes retooled traditional themes in hagiography and charismatic communication to attract followers and compete in the religious marketplace. Negotiation with often hostile authorities was also an important aspect of religious leadership, and many of the saints' stories reveal unexpected reserves of creativity and determination. The volume's contributors, from the United States, Canada, France, Italy, and Taiwan, provide cutting-edge scholarship-some of which is available here in English for the first time. Taken together, these essays make the case that vital religious leadership and practice has existed and continues to exist in China despite the state's commitment to wholesale secularization.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190494568 20170410
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224 pages ; 24 cm
Green Library
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xvi, 357 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The 547 Buddhist jatakas, or verse parables, recount the Buddha's lives in previous incarnations. In his penultimate and most famous incarnation, he appears as the Prince Vessantara, perfecting the virtue of generosity by giving away all his possessions, his wife, and his children to the beggar Jujaka. Taking an anthropological approach to this two-thousand-year-old morality tale, Katherine A. Bowie highlights significant local variations in its interpretations and public performances across three regions of Thailand over 150 years. The Vessantara Jataka has served both monastic and royal interests, encouraging parents to give their sons to religious orders and intimating that kings are future Buddhas. But, as Bowie shows, characterizations of the beggar Jujaka in various regions and eras have also brought ribald humor and sly antiroyalist themes to the story. Historically, these subversive performances appealed to popular audiences even as they worried the conservative Bangkok court. The monarchy sporadically sought to suppress the comedic recitations. As Thailand has changed from a feudal to a capitalist society, this famous story about giving away possessions is paradoxically being employed to promote tourism and wealth.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780299309503 20170418
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xv, 737 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
  • Introduction: The Buddhist System in Transition / Michael Jerryson
  • Part I: Regions
  • South Asian
  • Contemporary Sri Lankan Buddhist Traditions / Mahinda Deegalle
  • Buddhism in Contemporary India / David Geary and Sraman Mukherjee
  • Buddhism in Contemporary Bhutan / Samdrup Rigyal and Alyson Prude
  • East Asian
  • Contemporary Chinese Buddhist Traditions / Mario Poceski
  • Contemporary Korean Buddhist Traditions / Mark A. Nathan
  • Contemporary Japanese Buddhist Traditions / Elisabetta Porcu
  • Central Asian
  • Contemporary Tibetan Buddhism / Abraham Zablocki
  • Contemporary Mongolian Buddhism / Vesna A. Wallace and Christine Murphy
  • Southeast Asian
  • Contemporary Vietnamese Buddhism / Alexander Soucy
  • Contemporary Thai Buddhism / Rachelle Scott
  • Contemporary Burmese Buddhism / Niklas Foxeus
  • Contemporary Cambodian Buddhist Traditions: Seen from the Past / Ashley Thompson
  • Contemporary Buddhism in Malaysia / Jeffrey Samuels
  • Contemporary Lao Buddhism : ruptured histories / Patrice Ladwig
  • European-American
  • Buddhism in Latin America / Cristina Rocha
  • US Buddhist Traditions / Joseph Cheah
  • European Buddhist Traditions / Laurence Cox
  • Southern
  • Buddhism in Africa / Michel Clasquin-Johnson
  • Buddhism in Australia and the Oceania / Michelle Barker
  • Global
  • Diasporic Buddhisms and Convert Communities / John Nelson
  • Buddhist International Organizations / Brooke Schedneck.
  • Part II: Modalities
  • Material Culture
  • Buddhist Relics and Pilgrimage / Jovan Maud
  • Contemporary Buddhist Architecture: From reliquary to theme park / Lawrence Chua
  • Contemporary Buddhism and Iconography / Jessica Patterson
  • Buddhism and Media Technologies / Gregory Price Grieve and Daniel Veidlinger
  • Social Engagement
  • Contemporary Buddhism and Ecology / Susan M. Darlington, Hampshire College
  • Buddhism, Business, and Economics / Trine Brox and Elizabeth Williams-Oerberg
  • Contemporary Buddhism and Education / Vladimir Tikhonov
  • Buddhism, Nationalism, and Governance / Matthew J. Walton
  • Buddhism, Conflict, and Peacebuilding / Michael Jerryson
  • Practices
  • Contemporary Buddhist Chanting and Music / Paul D. Greene
  • Buddhist Healing and Taming in Tibet / Barbara Gerke
  • Contemporary Buddhism and Magic / Erick White
  • Contemporary Tantric Buddhist Traditions / David B. Gray
  • Contemporary Buddhism and Death / Mark Rowe
  • Identity
  • Buddhism and Gender / Sharon A. Suh
  • Buddhism, Race, and Ethnicity /Joseph Cheah
  • Buddhism and Sexual Orientation / Hsiao-Lan Hu
  • Buddhist Encounters with Diversity / Donald K. Swearer
  • Academics
  • Buddhism and Science as Ethical Discourse / Francisca Cho
  • The Contemporary Study of Buddhism / Nathan McGovern.
"As an incredibly diverse religious system, Buddhism is constantly changing. The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Buddhism offers a comprehensive collection of work by leading scholars in the field that tracks these changes up to the present day. Taken together, the book provides a blueprint to understanding Buddhism's past and uses it to explore the ways in which Buddhism has transformed in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The volume contains 41 essays, divided into two sections. The essays in the first section examine the historical development of Buddhist traditions throughout the world. These chapters cover familiar settings like India, Japan, and Tibet as well as the less well-known countries of Vietnam, Bhutan, and the regions of Latin America, Africa, and Oceania. Focusing on changes within countries and transnationally, this section also contains chapters that focus explicitly on globalization, such as Buddhist international organizations and diasporic communities. The second section tracks the relationship between Buddhist traditions and particular themes. These chapters review Buddhist interactions with contemporary topics such as violence and peacebuilding, and ecology, as well as Buddhist influences in areas such as medicine and science. Offering coverage that is both expansive and detailed, The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Buddhism delves into some of the most debated and contested areas within Buddhist Studies today. "-- Provided by publisher.
Green Library
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xi, 514 pages : color map ; 25 cm.
In Power Objects in Tibetan Buddhism: The Life, Writings, and Legacy of Sokdokpa Lodro Gyeltsen, James Duncan Gentry explores how objects of power figure in Tibetan religion, society, and polity through a study of the life of the Tibetan Buddhist ritual specialist Sokdokpa Lodro Gyeltsen (1552-1624) within the broader context of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Tibet. In presenting Sokdokpa's career and legacy, Gentry traces the theme of power objects across a wide spectrum of genres to show how Tibetan Buddhists themselves have theorized about objects of power and implemented them in practice. This study therefore provides a lens into how power objects serve as points of convergence for elite doctrinal discourses, socio-political dynamics, and popular religious practices in Tibetan Buddhist societies.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004330191 20170403
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xi, 241 pages ; 24 cm.
  • The land in Pure Land
  • The modern tradition
  • Special Marxist, special Buddhist : Kawakami Hajime
  • Pure Land for the people : Miki Kiyoshi
  • Man without a hometown : Ienaga Saburo
  • Epilogue : "Let us read Shinran, young people!"
For close to a thousand years Amida's Pure Land, a paradise of perfect ease and equality, was the most powerful image of shared happiness circulating in the Japanese imagination. In the late nineteenth century, some Buddhist thinkers sought to reinterpret the Pure Land in ways that would allow it speak to modern Japan. Their efforts succeeded in ways they could not have predicted. During the war years, economist Kawakami Hajime, philosopher Miki Kiyoshi, and historian Ienaga Saburo-left-leaning thinkers with no special training in doctrinal studies and no strong connection to any Buddhist institution-seized upon modernized images of Shinran in exile and a transcendent Western Paradise to resist the demands of a state that was bearing down on its citizens with increasing force. Pure Land, Real World treats the religious thought of these three major figures in English for the first time. Kawakami turned to religion after being imprisoned for his involvement with the Japanese Communist Party, borrowing the Shinshu image of the two truths to assert that Buddhist law and Marxist social science should reinforce each other, like the two wings of a bird. Miki, a member of the Kyoto School who went from prison to the crown prince's think tank and back again, identified Shinran's religion as belonging to the proletariat: For him, following Shinran and working toward building a buddha land on earth were akin to realizing social revolution. And Ienaga's understanding of the Pure Land-as the crystallization of a logic of negation that undermined every real power structure-fueled his battle against the state censorship system, just as he believed it had enabled Shinran to confront the world's suffering head on. Such readings of the Pure Land tradition are idiosyncratic-perhaps even heretical-but they hum with the same vibrancy that characterized medieval Pure Land belief. Innovative and refreshingly accessible, Pure Land, Real World shows that the Pure Land tradition informed twentieth-century Japanese thought in profound and surprising ways and suggests that it might do the same for twenty-first-century thinkers. The critical power of Pure Land utopianism has yet to be exhausted.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780824857752 20170424
Green Library
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vii, 352 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • 1. Introduction 2. Conventions in the critical text and the translation 3. Critical Edition of the Radha Tantra 4. Annotated Translation of the Radha Tantra.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138892361 20161228
The Radha Tantra is an anonymous 17th century tantric text from Bengal. The text offers a lively picture of the meeting of different religious traditions in 17th century Bengal, since it presents a Sakta version of the famous Vaisnava story of Radha and Krsna. This book presents a critically edited text of the Radha Tantra, based on manuscripts in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, as well as an annotated translation It is prefaced by an introduction that situates the text in its social and historical context and discusses its significance. The introduction also looks at the composition and metrics, vocabulary and grammar, and contents and doctrine of the text. It also includes a discussion of the extensive intertextualities of the Radha Tantra, as well as the sources used for this edition. The Sanskrit text in Roman transliteration, following the standard IAST system, is then presented, followed by an English translation of the text. This book will be of interest to scholars of South Asian Religion, Tantric Studies and Religious History.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138892361 20161228
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x, 285 pages ; 22 cm
An essential collection of Stephen Batchelor's most probing and important work on secular Buddhism As the practice of mindfulness permeates mainstream Western culture, more and more people are engaging in a traditional form of Buddhist meditation. However, many of these people have little interest in the religious aspects of Buddhism, and the practice occurs within secular contexts such as hospitals, schools, and the workplace. Is it possible to recover from the Buddhist teachings a vision of human flourishing that is secular rather than religious without compromising the integrity of the tradition? Is there an ethical framework that can underpin and contextualize these practices in a rapidly changing world? In this collected volume of Stephen Batchelor's writings on these themes, he explores the complex implications of Buddhism's secularization. Ranging widely-from reincarnation, religious belief, and agnosticism to the role of the arts in Buddhist practice-he offers a detailed picture of contemporary Buddhism and its attempt to find a voice in the modern world.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300223231 20170403
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xxviii, 400 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Buddhist studies is a rapidly changing field of research, constantly transforming and adapting to new scholarship. This creates a problem for instructors, both in a university setting and in monastic schools, as they try to develop a curriculum based on a body of scholarship that continually shifts in focus and expands to new areas. Teaching Buddhism establishes a dialogue between the community of instructors of Buddhism and leading scholars in the field who are updating, revising, and correcting earlier understandings of Buddhist traditions. Each chapter presents new ideas within a particular theme of Buddhist studies and explores how courses can be enhanced with these insights. Contributors in the first section focus on the typical approaches, figures, and traditions in undergraduate courses, such as the role of philosophy in Buddhism, Nagarjuna, Yogacara Buddhism, tantric traditions, and Zen Buddhism. They describe the impact of recent developments-like new studies in the cognitive sciences-on scholarship in those areas. Part Two examines how political engagement and ritual practice have shaped the tradition throughout its history. Focus then shifts to the issues facing instructors of Buddhism-dilemmas for the scholar-practitioner in the academic and monastic classroom, the tradition's possible roles in teaching feminism and diversity, and how to present the tradition in the context of a world religions course. In the final section, contributors offer stories of their own experiences teaching, paying particular attention to the ways in which American culture has impacted them. They discuss the development of courses on American Buddhism; using course material on the family and children; the history and trajectory of a Buddhist-Christian dialog; and Buddhist bioethics, environmentalism, economic development, and social justice. In synthesizing this vast and varied body of research, the contributors in this volume have provided an invaluable service to the field.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199373093 20161205
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55 pages, 9 unnumbered pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 32 cm.
"1924. Alexandra David-Néel, 55 ans, atteint Lhassa au terme d'une éprouvante marche à travers le Tibet interdit. L'aventurière avait quitté l'Europe 13 ans plus tôt pour un voyage en Asie qui ne devait durer que 18 mois !"--Page 4 of cover.
Green Library
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271 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
  • La formation d'un esprit libre -- Une jeunesse bruxelloise et fugueuse -- Un intérêt précoce pour les religions et l'Orient -- Le cercle des intellectuels anarchistes -- Orientaliste et cantatrice -- Le chant et la plume d'une féministe éclairée -- Journaliste et féministe -- Le mariage, "profession pour femme" -- Pour un féminisme rationnel et l'aide aux femmes démunies -- Bouddhisme et sociétés savantes -- Bouddhiste zélée -- Premiers pas dans des sociétés savantes -- Les "influences ambiantes" -- Premières communications sur l'Inde -- Le mariage malgré tout -- Des articles originaux sur l'Inde, la Corée, le Tibet -- Un singulier mariage -- D'autres articles sur l'Asie et un livre majeur -- Le charme du Sikkim, premier regard sur le Tibet -- Un premier exploit : la rencontre avec le XIIIe Dalaï-lama -- Immersion dans le bouddhisme tibétain au Sikkim -- Coup de foudre pour le Tibet -- Le rude apprentissage d'une ermite en Himalaya -- Un objectif : suivre les enseignements ésotériques -- Ermite en Himalaya -- L'expulsion du Sikkim après une excursion clandestine au Tibet -- La vie pittoresque de la dame lama au Tibet -- Séjours au Japon et en Corée -- Un hiver à Pékin -- En piste vers le Far-West chinois -- Deux ans et demi au grand monastère de Kumbum -- L'acharnement sur des pistes improbables -- Une itinérance contrariée -- Quelques étapes dans des missions chrétiennes -- Nouvelle interdiction et dix mois à Jakyendo -- Un nouveau départ -- À pied en mendiant jusqu'à Lhassa, la ville interdite : l'exploit de 1924 -- Un formidable exploit humain -- La fin de l'épopée -- Retour triomphal en France -- La passion de l'Inde jusqu'à l'immersion de ses cendres dans le Gange -- Premier voyage vers l'Inde mystique -- De retour en Inde vingt ans plus tard -- Le regard d'une Occidentale -- Pèlerinage bouddhique au Népal -- La dernière épopée en Asie et les drames d'une vieille exploratrice -- Arrivée dans une Chine nouvelle -- Un séjour écourté au Wutai Shan -- Fuite éperdue pendant la guerre sino-japonaise -- Réfugiée durant cinq ans dans les Marches tibétaines -- Dernier séjour en Inde -- Juillet 1946 : le retour définitif en Europe -- Une vie, une oeuvre : Alexandra David-Néel, "passeur pour notre temps" -- Un succès pérenne -- Un style vif et plaisant -- La reconnaissance tardive d'une exploratrice -- La profondeur d'une expérience humaine -- Une inspiratrice -- Épilogue -- Textes d'Alexandra David-Néel -- Auprès du Dalaï-lama -- Femmes du Thibet -- Gandhi, un Saint ou un Sage ? -- Opinions sur l'Inde d'hier et d'aujourd'hui.
"En février 1924, Alexandra David-Néel pénétrait à Lhassa, au coeur du Tibet interdit, après une marche de quatre mois à travers de hautes montagnes puis des territoires non cartographiés que l'on croyait peuplés de cannibales. Accompagnée de son fils adoptif Aphur Yongden, elle vécut cette rude expérience en se faisant passer pour une Tibétaine, mendiant sa nourriture comme les pèlerins les plus pauvres du pays. Ce périple clandestin de 2 000 kilomètres, exploit sans précédent, la rendit célèbre dans le monde entier. Cette voyageuse intrépide présente bien d'autres facettes, moins connues: anarchiste dans sa jeunesse, féministe, bouddhiste bien avant l'arrivée du bouddhisme en Europe, franc-maçonne, cantatrice, journaliste... Esprit libre et douée d'un beau talent d'écriture, elle laissa une oeuvre sans cesse rééditée. Sa passion de l'Orient, dont elle fit connaître les coutumes et les religions, resta intacte jusqu'à sa mort à l'âge de 101 ans."--Page 4 of cover.
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187 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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