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xii, 210 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Recent decades have seen a groundswell in the Buddhist world, a transnational agitation for better opportunities for Buddhist women. Many of the main players in the transnational nuns movement self-identify as feminists but other participants in this movement may not know or use the language of feminism. In fact, many ordained Buddhist women say they seek higher ordination so that they might be better Buddhist practitioners, not for the sake of gender equality. Eschewing the backward projection of secular liberal feminist categories, this book describes the basic features of the Buddhist discourse of the female body, held more or less in common across sectarian lines, and still pertinent to ordained Buddhist women today. The textual focus of the study is an early-first-millennium Sanskrit Buddhist work, "Descent into the Womb scripture" or Garbhavakranti-sutra. Drawing out the implications of this text, the author offers innovative arguments about the significance of childbirth and fertility in Buddhism, namely that birth is a master metaphor in Indian Buddhism; that Buddhist gender constructions are centrally shaped by Buddhist birth discourse; and that, by undermining the religious importance of female fertility, the Buddhist construction of an inauspicious, chronically impure, and disgusting femininity constituted a portal to a new, liberated, feminine life for Buddhist monastic women.
Green Library
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
2 volumes (xv, xv, 1423 pages) : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
  • From the contents:Abhidhamma Pitaka.- Abhidharma Theravada).- Abhinna.- Abhisamayalamkara.- Ahimsa, Buddhism.- Ahimsa, Jainism.- Ajanta.- Bamiyan.- Bedsa.- Bhaisajyaguru.- Bhaja.- Caga.- Cakka.- Candala, Buddhism.- Dana, Buddhism.- Date of the Buddha.- Death, Buddhism.- Decline of Indian Buddhism.- Devadatta.- Earth, Buddhism.- Ecology, Buddhism.- Education, Buddhism.- Education, Jainism.- Fate, Buddhism.- Faxian (337-422 C.E.).- Festivals, Buddhism.- Folklore, Buddhism.- Gandavyuha.- Gandhara.- Gaudapada.- Gender, Buddhism.- Hagiography, Buddhism.- Hagiography, Buddhism.- Heaven, Buddhism.- Hell, Buddhism.- Jara-marana.- Jataka.- Jinasena, Jainism.- Jiva, Jainism.- Junnar.- Kailash.- Kamma.- Kanheri.- Lalitavistara.- Lankavatara Sutra.- Liberation, Buddhism.- Mahasanghika.- Nagarjuna.- Nagarjunakonda.- Nagasena.- Nalanda.- Omniscience.- Oral Transmission.- Ordination.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9789402408539 20170605
This volume focuses on Buddhism and Jainism, two religions which, together with Hinduism, constitute the three pillars of Indic religious tradition in its classical formulation. It explores their history and relates how the Vedic period in the history of Hinduism drew to a close around the sixth century BCE and how its gradual etiolation gave rise to a number of religious movements. While some of these remained within the fold of the Vedic traditions, others arose in a context of a more ambiguous relationship between the two. Two of these have survived to the present day as Buddhism and Jainism. The volume describes the major role Buddhism played in the history not only of India but of Asia, and now the world as well, and the more confined role of Jainism in India until relatively recent times. It examines the followers of these religions and their influence on the Indian religious landscape. In addition, it depicts the transformative effect on existing traditions of the encounter of Hinduism with these two religions, as well as the fertile interaction between the three. The book shows how Buddhism and Jainism share the basic concepts of karma, rebirth, and liberation with Hinduism while giving them their own hue, and how they differ from the Hindu tradition in their understanding of the role of the Vedas, the "caste system, " and ritualism in religious life. The volume contributes to the debate on whether the proper way of describing the relationship between the three major components of the classical Indic tradition is to treat them as siblings (sometimes as even exhibiting sibling rivalry), or as friends (sometimes even exhibiting schadenfreude), or as radical alternatives to one another, or all of these at different points in time.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789402408539 20170605
Green Library
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
Green Library
xx, 203 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
  • Why we need a holistic economic model
  • What is Buddhist economics?
  • Interdependent with one another
  • Interdependent with our environment
  • Prosperity for both rich and poor
  • Measuring quality of life
  • Leap to Buddhist economics.
In the tradition of E. F. Schumacher's Small Is Beautiful, renowned economist Clair Brown argues persuasively for a new economics built upon equality, sustainability, and right living. "Buddhist Economics will give guidance to all those who seek peace, fairness, and environmental sustainability." -Jeffrey Sachs, author of The Age of Sustainable Development. Traditional economics measures the ways in which we spend our income, but doesn't attribute worth to the crucial human interactions that give our lives meaning. Clair Brown, an economics professor at U.C. Berkeley and a practicing Buddhist, has developed a holistic model, one based on the notion that quality of life should be measured by more than national income. Brown advocates an approach to organizing the economy that embraces rather than skirts questions of values, sustainability, and equity. Complementing the award-winning work of Jeffrey Sachs and Bill McKibben, and the paradigm-breaking spirit of Amartya Sen, Robert Reich, and Thomas Piketty, Brown incorporates the Buddhist emphasis on interdependence, shared prosperity, and happiness into her vision for a sustainable and compassionate world. Buddhist economics leads us to think mindfully as we go about our daily activities, and offers a way to appreciate how our actions affect the well-being of those around us. By replacing the endless cycle of desire with more positive collective activities, we can make our lives more meaningful as well as happier. Inspired by the popular course Professor Brown teaches at U.C. Berkeley, Buddhist Economics represents an enlightened approach to our modern world infused with ancient wisdom, with benefits both personal and global, for generations to come.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781632863669 20170605
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xii, 302 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Green Library
xxiii, 281 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • Abstract Introduction General and Historical Aspects Collecting Methods Genitalia Preparation Genetic Aspects Notes on the Illustrations Acknowledgments 1 Systematics and Classification 2 Morphology of Psychidae 3 Parthenogenesis 4 Checklist of European Psychidae 5 Identification Keys Key to Subfamilies and Tribes (Based on Male Characteristics) Key to the Genera and Subgenera (Based on Male Characteristics) 6 Systematic Treatment of the Genera and Species of Psychidae in Europe Species incertae sedis Addenda 7 Distribution Catalogue Acronyms of the Countries 8 Colour Plates 9 Male and Female Genitalia Illustrations References Index to Genus-Group Names Information on Back Cover Index to Species-Group Names.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004335769 20170515
Tsybikov was the first scholar with a European education to visit Tibet and describe its monasteries and temples as an eyewitness traveler and an objective researcher. Tsybikov had two distinct advantages: an ethnic Buryat he could travel as a Buddhist pilgrim and thus have a chance of reaching its mysterious capital Lhasa, the religious and political center of Tibet, which was barred to outsiders, especially Europeans; as a scholar educated at a European university he had the historical and linguistic background to understand and describe what he saw. Tsybikov understood the secretive nature of the lama state and was careful to hide his work as a researcher. It was his journal that became the basis of A Buddhist Pilgrim at the Shrines of Tibet, which has both the vividness of a traveller's eyewitness account and the informed detachment of a scholar. As a record of both religious practices and the everyday life in Tibet before Chinese inroads during the twentieth century effaced that way of life, Tsybikov's book is a unique and invaluable snapshot of a lost culture.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004335769 20170515
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xviii, 577 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Green Library
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
Green Library
xi, 450 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • List of Figures Introduction Part I: Chinese Perspectives on the Origins of Esoteric Buddhism Chapter 1: Charles D. Orzech - Tantric Subjects: Liturgy and Vision in Chinese Esoteric Ritual Manuals Chapter 2: Henrik H. Sorensen - Spells and Magical Practices as Reflected in the Early Chinese Buddhist Sources (c. 300-600 CE) and their Implications for the Rise and Development of Esoteric Buddhism Chapter 3: Lu Jianfu - The Terms "Esoteric Teaching" ("Esoteric Buddhism") and "Tantra" in Chinese Buddhist Sources Part II: Chan, Chinese Religion, and Esoteric Buddhism Chapter 4: Robert Sharf - Buddhist Veda and the Rise of Chan Chapter 5: Lin Pei-ying - A Comparative Approach to Subhakarasimha's (637-735) "Essentials of Meditation": Meditation and Precepts in Eighth Century China Chapter 6: Meir Shahar - The Tantric Origins of the Horse King: Hayagriva and the Chinese Horse Cult Part III: Scriptures and Practices in the Their Tibetan Context Chapter 7: Dan Martin - Crazy Wisdom in Moderation: Padampa Sangye's Use of Counterintuitive Methods in Dealing with Negative Mental States Chapter 8: Eran Laish - Perception, Body and Selfhood: The Transformation of Embodiment in the Thod rgal Practice of the "Heart Essence" Tradition Chapter 9: Yael Bentor - Tibetan Interpretations of the Opening Verses of Vajraghanta on the Body Mandala Part IV: Tibetan Buddhism in China Chapter 10: Shen Weirong - Ming Chinese Translations of Tibetan Tantric Buddhist Texts and the Buddhist Samgha of the Western Regions in Beijing Chapter 11: Ester Bianchi - Continuities and Discontinuities in Sino-Tibetan Buddhism: The Case of Nenghai's Legacy in the Contemporary Era Part V: Esoteric Buddhism in Dunhuang Chapter 12: Jacob Dalton - On the Significance of the Arya-tattvasamgraha-sadhanopayika and Its Commentary Chapter 13: Li Ling and Ma De - Avalokitesvara and the Dunhuang Dharani Spells of Salvation in Childbirth Part VI: Esoteric Buddhism in the Tangut Xixia and Yugur Spheres Chapter 14: Hou Haoran - Notes on the Translation and Transmission of the Samputa and Cakrasamvara Tantras in the Xixia Period (1038-1227) Chapter 15: Yang Fuxue - Mongol Rulers, Yugur Subjects, and Tibetan Buddhism Part VII: Esoteric Buddhism in the Dali Kingdom (Yunnan) Chapter 16: Hou Chong - The Chinese Origins of Dali Esoteric Buddhism Chapter 17: Megan Bryson - Between China and Tibet: Mahakala Worship and Esoteric Buddhism in the Dali Kingdom Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004340497 20170626
Bringing together leading authorities in the fields of Chinese and Tibetan Studies alike, Chinese and Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism engages cutting-edge research on the fertile tradition of Esoteric Buddhism (also known as Tantric Buddhism). This state of the art volume unfolds the sweeping impact of esoteric Buddhism on Tibetan and Chinese cultures, and the movement's role in forging distinct political, ethnical, and religious identities across Asia at large. Deciphering the oftentimes bewildering richness of esoteric Buddhism, this broadly conceived work exposes the common ground it shares with other Buddhist schools, as well as its intersection with non-Buddhist faiths. As such, the book is a major contribution to the study of Asian religions and cultures. Contributors are: Yael Bentor, Ester Bianchi, Megan Bryson, Jacob P. Dalton, Hou Chong, Hou Haoran, Eran Laish, Li Ling, Lin Pei-ying, Lu Jianfu, Ma De, Dan Martin, Charles D. Orzech, Meir Shahar, Robert H. Sharf, Shen Weirong, Henrik H. Sorensen, and Yang Fuxue and Zhang Haijuan.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004340497 20170626
Green Library
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
Green Library
204 pages ; 24 cm.
  • La crise du modèle confucéen -- Une dimension confucéenne du culte des ancêtres -- Les caractéristiques du culte des ancêtres vietnamien -- La pagode vietnamienne de Joinville-le-Pont -- Ethnographie des hommages aux défunts -- La plasticité de la religiosité vietnamienne -- Une signification confucéenne du culte du défunt -- Restaurer l'ordre familial -- Jouer son rôle d'aîné, un usage social de la parenté -- Un culte des ancêtres en mutation -- Que reste-t-il du ritualisme confucéen ? -- Ethnographie des conduites motrices d'un jeune de la troisième génération -- Le chau dich tôn, l'héritier symbolique du culte des ancêtres -- Entre "tradition" et "modernité" ? -- Bouddhisme et relation aux défunts -- La pagode : une maison du culte des ancêtres en terre d'exil -- Les multiples aspects du bouddhisme vietnamien -- L'association bouddhique de Bagneux -- Ethnographie des pratiques rituelles -- La place centrale du culte des ancêtres -- L'interpénétration du culturel et du religieux -- Filiation identitaire et filiation eschatologique -- Une communauté bouddhique vietnamienne en France -- "Une grande famille depuis plus de trente ans" -- La redécouverte du bouddhisme de M. Phuroc -- Une politique d'assimilation de l'identité bouddhique à l'identité culturelle -- L'identité bouddhique, une identité "bricolée" -- Une communauté réinventée -- Le point de vue distancié d'un jeune exilé -- Le point de vue externe d'une vietnamienne séjournant en France -- L'originalité du bouddhisme vietnamien en terre d'exil -- Fêter les défunts à la pagode -- Le Têt, le Nouvel An vietnamien -- Ethnographie du Têt 2007 -- Le Têt, un moment de fraternité bouddhiste en terre d'exil -- Le Vu Lan, la fête des défunts et de la piété filiale -- Ethnographie du Vu Lan -- Une fête générale pour les morts et les réincarnations -- Fête populaire et pragmatisme syncrétiste -- Obtenir et transférer des mérites -- Le "karma familial" -- Un "dinh" bouddhique en terre d'exil -- Religion et identité -- Redéfinition du culte des ancêtres et de la dimension ethnico-religieuse -- Mémoire collective et bricolage -- La culture bouddhique, un cadre social d'acculturation de l'ethos vietnamien -- Un ethos remodelé -- De multiples modalités d'acculturation -- L'"acculturation formelle" du sentiment religieux et du rapport à la mort -- La signification du culte des défunts dans un bouddhisme réinterprété -- Hypothèses de recherche -- La famille vietnamienne -- Le processus d'acculturation de la famille vietnamienne en France -- Une ethno-religion pour réinventer un imaginaire de la continuité -- L'affiliation à la pagode supplante la structure familiale étendue -- La restructuration d'une éthique par le biais de la référence au bouddhisme -- Les frontières de l'ethnico-religieux -- Le rapport aux défunts, une "altérité du dedans" -- Une réinterprétation subjective de l'affiliation à la pagode.
"Au Vietnam, le culte des ancêtres et le bouddhisme sont deux systèmes religieux distincts. Ils peuvent être juxtaposés et se chevaucher, mais leurs frontières restent relativement étanches l'un pour l'autre. Dans le contexte post-migratoire français, on observe un phénomène étonnant et nouveau : ces deux références religieuses sont amenées à entrer en contact, à s'interpénétrer. En effet, en France, les pagodes vietnamiennes intègrent les hommages aux ancêtres, et certaines d'entre elles leur accordent même une place centrale au sein de leur espace rituel. Cet ouvrage, qui s'appuie sur une enquête de terrain réalisée dans des pagodes vietnamiennes de la région parisienne, décrit les multiples aspects de ce contact entre culte des ancêtres et culte bouddhique, et analyse les raisons de ce que l'on pourrait appeler la "bouddhisation" du culte des ancêtres en France. La pagode prend en charge la question du rapport à la mort, qui est fondamentale dans la culture vietnamienne. A une époque où l'affiliation lignagère perd de son évidence, tout laisse à penser que les générations de Vietnamiens issues de l'exil ressentent un besoin impérieux de réactualiser une symbolique de la continuité, en particulier pour transmettre leur héritage culturel. La pagode permet de réunir toute la famille plus efficacement, et la fonction roborative d'une parenté mobilisable apporte une sécurité identitaire et eschatologique. Elle fournit également un réservoir de sens à redéfinir. Les contenus de l'ethos vietnamien peuvent être ainsi remaniés en vue d'une meilleure adaptation à la situation présente."--Page 4 of cover.
Green Library
xiii, 212 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Part I. Translator's introduction
  • Ŭich'ŏn in the history of Korean Buddhism
  • A brief biographical sketch of Ŭich'ŏn's life
  • Reassessment of the life of Ŭich'ŏn
  • Ŭich'ŏn's collected works
  • Rationale for the translations
  • Ŭich'ŏn's thought : an overview
  • Part II. Translation
  • Selections from Ŭich'ŏn's Collected works of State Preceptor Taegak (Taegak kuksa munjip)
  • Prefaces
  • Speeches
  • Memorials
  • Letters
  • Addresses for official occasions
  • Addresses for ritual ocassions
  • Poetry.
"Ŭich'ŏn (1055--1101) is recognized as a Buddhist master of great stature in the East Asian tradition. Born a prince in the medieval Korean state of Koryŏ (960--1279), he traveled to Song China (960--1279) to study Buddhism and later compiled and published the first collection of East Asian exegetical texts. According to the received scholarly tradition, after returning to Korea, Ŭich'ŏn left the Hwaŏm (Huayan) school to found a new Ch'ŏnt'ae (Tiantai) school when he realized that the synthesis between doctrinal learning and meditative practice in the latter would help bring together the discordant sects of Koryŏ Buddhism. In the late twentieth century, however, scholars began to question the assertion that Ŭich'ŏn forsook one school for another, arguing that his writings assembled in The Collected Works of State Preceptor Taegak (Taegak kuksa munjip) do not portray a committed sectarian but a monk dedicated to developing a sophisticated and rigorous system of monastic education that encompassed all Buddhist intellectual traditions. In this first comprehensive study of Ŭich'ŏn's life and work in English, Richard McBride presents translations of select lectures, letters, essays, and poetry from The Collected Works to provide a more balanced view of Ŭich'ŏn's philosophy of life and understanding of key Buddhist teachings. The translations center on the monk's activities in the pan-East Asian Buddhist world and his compilation of scholarly texts, writings related to his interactions with royalty, and correspondence with his Chinese mentor, Jinshui Jingyuan (1011--1088). By incorporating Ŭich'ŏn's work associated with doctrinal Buddhism and his poetry, McBride clearly shows that even in his most personal work Ŭich'ŏn did not abandon Hwaŏm teachings for those of the Ch'ŏnt'ae but rather he encouraged monks to blend the best learning from all doctrinal traditions with meditative practice." -- Publisher's web site.
Green Library
xvii, 210 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
  • Local monks in Sipsongpanna
  • Fortune-telling and false monks : defining and governing religion
  • Monks on the move : Dai-Lue monastic networks
  • Learning to read in village temples and Chinese public schools
  • The fragility of autonomy : curricular education at Dhamma schools
  • Transnational Buddhist education and the limits of the Buddhist ethnoscape.
Green Library
182 pages ; 24 cm
  • Introduction to the work of Foucault and its use in this study
  • An overview of the Vinaya
  • The presentation of the Vinaya within forms of western scholarship
  • The Vinaya and the Dharmasastra
  • The formation of the religious body
  • From ethics to aesthetics
  • The role of confession and discipline
  • Rules and transgressions
  • The care of the self and the practice of the Vinaya.
Green Library
xxvii, 363 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Green Library
371 pages : map, illustrations ; 21 cm
Green Library
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
Green Library
xviii, 286 pages ; 23 cm
"Renowned meditation master Chogyam Trungpa retells the stories and realization songs of Tibet's best-known and most-beloved religious figure--and reveals how they relate to our everyday lives. Milarepa (1040-1123) is Tibet's much-beloved Buddhist poet and teacher. His realization songs are widely revered and studied, and he is remembered for having achieved enlightenment in a single lifetime. Chogyam Trungpa presents this great historical figure as an example of someone who was able to overcome immense difficulties and obstacles through his discipline, dedication, and practice. And further, the challenges Milarepa faced, though of a different time and place, hold insights for practitioners today. Trungpa retells colorful stories of Milarepa's life, highlighting his struggles, his awakening, and his teachings. Through these stories Trungpa reveals the history, traditions, and principles that formed the background for Milarepa's journey, including teachings from the mahamudra tradition from which the realization songs arose. Trungpa also illuminates the meaning of many of Milarepa's remarkable songs, always coming back to relevance of Milarepa's life to practitioners today"-- Provided by publisher.
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