Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet: Religious Revival and by Melvyn C. Goldstein, Matthew T. Kapstein, Orville Schnell

By Melvyn C. Goldstein, Matthew T. Kapstein, Orville Schnell

Following the upheavals of the Cultural Revolution, the People's Republic of China progressively accredited the renewal of non secular task. Tibetans, whose conventional non secular and cultural associations were decimated in the course of the previous 20 years, took good thing about the choices of 1978 to start a Buddhist renewal that's some of the most broad and dramatic examples of non secular revitalization in modern China. the character of that revival is the point of interest of this publication. 4 best experts in Tibetan anthropology and faith performed case experiences within the Tibet independent quarter and one of the Tibetans of Sichuan and Qinghai provinces. There they saw the revival of the Buddhist background in monastic groups and between laypersons at well known pilgrimages and fairs. Demonstrating how that revival needs to take care of tensions among the chinese language country and aspirations for higher Tibetan autonomy, the authors talk about ways in which Tibetan Buddhists are restructuring their faith via a posh strategy of social, political, and financial model. Buddhism has lengthy been the most resource of Tibetans' delight of their tradition and state. those essays display the vibrancy of that old faith in modern Tibet and likewise the issues that faith and Tibetan tradition usually are dealing with in a notably altered international.

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The rikshung is headed by the gegö. traditionally the head disciplinary officer of a college, He, along with the other rikshung members, are appointed by the DMC and are therefore subordinate to it, but they have financial autonomy (the donations they receive are not added to the rest of Drepung's income). It remains in their hands and is used entirely for alms and prayer sessions. The amount of donation money the rikshung receives is substantial. It covers the expenses of' all of the tea (and food) served in the prayer chanting assemblies and provides important income to the individual monks.

They did not demonstrate to protest any particular problem Drepung was facing at the time but rather to show Beijing and the West that Tibetans in Tibet support the Dalai Lama and independence. On the morning of 27 September, while the Dalai Lama was still in the United States, they met in Lhasa's central marketplace, the Bargor, unfurled signs that included a handmade Tibetan national flag, and walked around the circular "Bargor" road three times. When nothing happened to them, they marched about a mile down one of the main east-west streets and continued their protest in front of the headquarters of the Tibet Autonomous Region government.

The world renowned ancient Tibetan culture included fine Buddhism, graceful music and dance as well as medicine and opera, all of which are worthy of serious study and development. All ideas that ignore and weaken Tibetan culture are wrong. It is necessary to do a good job in inheriting and developing Tibetan culture. Education has not progressed well in Tibet. Taking Tibet's special characteristics into consideration, efforts should be made to set up universities and middle and primary schools in the region.

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