Buddhism in contemporary Tibet : religious revival and cultural identity / edited by Melvyn C. Goldstein and Matthew T. Kapstein ; with a foreword by Orville Schell.
Contributor(s): Goldstein, Melvyn C | Kapstein, Matthew.Material type: BookPublisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1998Description: x, 207 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0520211308; 9780520211308; 0520211316; 9780520211315; 0585054908; 9780585054902.Subject(s): Buddhism -- China -- Tibet Autonomous Region -- History -- 20th century | Tibet Autonomous Region (China) -- Religion -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 294.3/923/0951509048 Other classification: 11.93 | BE 8150 | BE 8156 | PR 2702 | LC 29440 | BE 8501 | 294.3923 Online resources: Table of contents | Contributor biographical information | Publisher description | Click here to access online | Bibliographic record display An electronic book accessible through the World Wide Web; click for information
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-199) and index.
The revival of monastic life in Drepung monastery -- Re-membering the dismembered body of Tibet : contemporary Tibetan visionary movements in the People's Republic of China -- A pilgrimage of rebirth reborn : the 1992 celebration of the Drigung Powa Chenmo -- Ritual, ethnicity, and generational identity -- Concluding reflections.
"Following the upheavals of the Cultural Revolution, the People's Republic of China gradually permitted the renewal of religious activity. Tibetans, whose traditional religious and cultural institutions had been decimated during the preceding two decades, took advantage of the decisions of 1978 to begin a Buddhist renewal that is one of the most extensive and dramatic examples of religious revitalization in contemporary China. The nature of that revival is the focus of this book. Four leading specialists in Tibetan anthropology and religion conducted case studies in the Tibet autonomous region and among the Tibetans of Sichuan and Qinghai provinces. There they observed the revival of the Buddhist heritage in monastic communities and among laypersons at popular pilgrimages and festivals. Demonstrating how that revival must contend with tensions between the Chinese state and aspirations for greater Tibetan autonomy, the authors discuss ways that Tibetan Buddhists are restructuring their religion through a complex process of social, political, and economic adaptation. Buddhism has long been the main source of Tibetans' pride in their culture and country. These essays reveal the vibrancy of that ancient religion in contemporary Tibet and also the problems that religion and Tibetan culture in general are facing in a radically altered world."--Back cover.
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