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Caple, Jane

Morality and Monastic Revival in Post-Mao Tibet

Ed. by Rowe, Mark Michael

Series:Contemporary Buddhism

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII PRESS

    84,95 € / $97.50 / £77.00*

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    Publication Date:
    2019
    Copyright year:
    2019
    To be published:
    March 2019
    ISBN
    978-0-8248-7805-4
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    Aims and Scope

    The speed and extent of the Tibetan Buddhist monastic revival make it one of the most extraordinary stories of religious resurgence in post-Mao China. At the end of the 1970s, there were no working monasteries; within a decade, thousands had been reconstructed and repopulated. Most studies have focused on the political challenges facing Tibetan monasteries, emphasizing their relationship to the Chinese state. Yet, in their efforts to revive and develop their institutions, monks have also had to negotiate a rapidly changing society, playing a delicate balancing act fraught with moral dilemma as well as political danger. Drawing on the recent “moral turn” in anthropology, this volume, the first full-length ethnographic study of the subject, explores the social and moral dimensions of monastic revival and reform across a range of Geluk monasteries in northeast Tibet (Amdo/Qinghai province) from the 1980s on.

    Author Jane Caple’s analysis shows that ideas and debates about how best to maintain the mundane bases of monastic Buddhism—economy and population—are intermeshed with those concerning the proper role and conduct of monks and the ethics of monastic-lay relations. Facing a shrinking monastic population, monks are grappling with the impacts of secular education, demographic transition, rising living standards, urbanization, and marketization, all of which have driven debates within Buddhism elsewhere and fueled perceptions of monastic decline. Some Tibetans—including monks—are even questioning the “good” of the mass form of monasticism that has been a distinctive feature of Tibetan society for hundreds of years. Given monastic Buddhism’s integral position in Tibetan community life and association with Tibetan identity, Caple argues that its precarity in relation to Tibetan society raises questions about its future that go well beyond the issue of religious freedom.

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    272 pages
    9 b&w illustrations
    UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII PRESS
    Language:
    English
    Readership:
    Professional and scholarly;

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    CapleJane:

    Jane E. Caple is a Marie-Skłodowska Curie Research Fellow at the University of Copenhagen.RoweMark Michael:

    Mark Michael Rowe is associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies, McMaster University.Jane E. Caple is a Marie-Skłodowska Curie Research Fellow at the University of Copenhagen.

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