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Identity, Ritual and State in Tibetan Buddhism

The Foundations of Authority in Gelukpa Monasticism

By Martin A. Mills

Routledge – 2002 – 440 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in Tantric Traditions

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Description

This is a major anthropological study of contemporary Tibetan Buddhist monasticism and tantric ritual in the Ladakh region of North-West India and of the role of tantric ritual in the formation and maintenance of traditional forms of state structure and political consciousness in Tibet.

Containing detailed descriptions and analyses of monastic ritual, the work builds up a picture of Tibetan tantric traditions as they interact with more localised understandings of bodily identity and territorial cosmology, to produce a substantial re-interpretation of the place of monks as ritual performers and peripheral householders in Ladakh. The work also examines the central and indispensable role of incarnate lamas, such as the Dalai Lama, in the religious life of Tibetan Buddhists.

Reviews

'Martin A. Mills's account takes the reader … through a tour de force exposition of Tibetan culture, society, and religion.' - The Journal of Asian Studies

Contents

Part I: The Face of Monasticism

Part II: Truth and Hierarchy in Tantric Ritual

Part III: Local Rites

Part IV: Authority and the Personin Gelukpa Monasticism

Part V: Ideology, Ritual and State

Name: Identity, Ritual and State in Tibetan Buddhism: The Foundations of Authority in Gelukpa Monasticism (eBook)Routledge 
Description: By Martin A. Mills. This is a major anthropological study of contemporary Tibetan Buddhist monasticism and tantric ritual in the Ladakh region of North-West India and of the role of tantric ritual in the formation and maintenance of traditional forms of state structure and...
Categories: Buddhism, Tibetan, Chinese Studies, South Asian Studies, Asian Philosophy, Asian Religion, Asian Studies, Central Asian, Russian & Eastern European Studies