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Over onsFaculteit Godgeleerdheid en GodsdienstwetenschapOnderzoekCSRCAResearchTibetan Religious Traditions

Continuity and Contestation in Defining Tibetan Religious Traditions, Histories and Communities

Convenor: Dr. Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa
Tibetan Religious Traditions
Tibetan Religious Traditions

In the past few decades there has been a proliferation of studies of Tibetan Buddhism as a lived tradition, as opposed to a textual object. However, the representation and definition of religious communities and practices throughout areas that are considered to be part of the Tibetan cultural world, including parts of East, Inner and South Asia, as being representative of a uniform 'Tibetan' Buddhism is problematic.

This project will explore the diversity of religious community in areas of the world that practice forms of Buddhism that are conceived of as having Tibetan origins, thereby disrupting these definitions and acknowledging local, regional, and transnational histories and practices beyond contemporary nation state boundaries of China, Mongolia, Russia, India, Bhutan, and Nepal, and beyond even conceptions of a singular Buddhism.

In doing so, research in the project will suggest new methodological considerations for the exploration and acknowledgement of the myriad forms of identity and belonging among cultural traditions of the Tibetan plateau, the steppes of Mongolia, and the mountains of the  Himalayas, challenging binary ideas of national identity, local/ global, centre/periphery, colonizer/colonized, and nangpa (insider, or Buddhist)/chipa (outsider, or non-Buddhist).

Last modified:23 April 2015 12.05 p.m.