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Tibetan Buddhism in diaspora : cultural re-signification in practice and institutions

Author: Ana Cristina Lopes
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2015.
Series: Routledge critical studies in Buddhism.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The imperialist ambitions of China - which invaded Tibet in the late 1940s - have sparked the spread of Tibetan Buddhism worldwide, and especially in western countries. This work is a study on the malleability of a particular Buddhist tradition; on its adaptability in new contexts. This book examines how the re-signification of Tibetan Buddhist practices and organizational structures in the present refers back to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ana Cristina Lopes
ISBN: 9780415719117 0415719119
OCLC Number: 884809539
Description: 276 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. I Death --
1. Echoes of terror from the top of the world --
2. The power of compassion --
pt. II Bardo --
3. Buddhist encounters in the diaspora --
pt. III Rebirth --
4. A confluence of spiritual universes --
5. Etiquette, fantastic tales and the construction of sacred space --
6. The divine theater of Kalachakra --
pt. IV Once more death ... --
7. Spiritual politics.
Series Title: Routledge critical studies in Buddhism.
Responsibility: Ana Cristina O. Lopes.

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The imperialist ambitions of China - which invaded Tibet in the late 1940s - have sparked the spread of Tibetan Buddhism worldwide, and especially in western countries. This work is a study on the malleability of a particular Buddhist tradition; on its adaptability in new contexts. This book examines how the re-signification of Tibetan Buddhist practices and organizational structures in the present refers back to the dismantlement of the Tibetan state headed by the Dalai Lama and the fragmentation of Tibetan Buddhist religious organizations in general. It includes extensive multi-sited fieldwork conducted in the United States, Brazil, Europe, and Asia and a detailed analysis of contemporary documents relating to the global spread of Tibetan Buddhism. The author demonstrates that there is a "de-institutionalized" and "de-territorialized" project of political power and religious organization, which, among several other consequences, engenders the gradual "autonomization" of lamas and lineages inside the religious field of Tibetan Buddhism. Thus, a spectre of these previous institutions continues to exist outside their original contexts, and they are continually activated in ever-new settings.

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