A Monastery In Time: The Making Of Mongolian Buddhism by Caroline HumphreyA Monastery In Time: The Making Of Mongolian Buddhism by Caroline Humphrey

A Monastery In Time: The Making Of Mongolian Buddhism

byCaroline Humphrey, Hurelbaatar Ujeed

Paperback | July 15, 2013

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A Monastery in Time is the first book to describe the life of a Mongolian Buddhist monastery—the Mergen Monastery in Inner Mongolia—from inside its walls. From the Qing occupation of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries through the Cultural Revolution, Caroline Humphrey and Hürelbaatar Ujeed tell a story of religious formation, suppression, and survival over a history that spans three centuries.
Often overlooked in Buddhist studies, Mongolian Buddhism is an impressively self-sustaining tradition whose founding lama, the Third Mergen Gegen, transformed Tibetan Buddhism into an authentic counterpart using the Mongolian language. Drawing on fifteen years of fieldwork, Humphrey and Ujeed show how lamas have struggled to keep Mergen Gegen’s vision alive through tremendous political upheaval, and how such upheaval has inextricably fastened politics to religion for many of today’s practicing monks. Exploring the various ways Mongolian Buddhists have attempted to link the past, present, and future, Humphrey and Ujeed offer a compelling study of the interplay between the individual and the state, tradition and history.
Caroline Humphrey is professor emerita and director of the Mongolian and Inner Asia Studies Unit at Cambridge University. She is the author or coauthor of twenty previous books, most recently Urban Life in Post-Soviet Central Asia. Hürelbaatar Ujeed founded the Hürelbaatar Institute for Mongolian Studies at the Inner Mongolia Normal Un...
Title:A Monastery In Time: The Making Of Mongolian BuddhismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:July 15, 2013Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022603190X

ISBN - 13:9780226031903


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and a Note on the Writing of this Book


1. Buddhist Life at Mergen
2. Mergen Gegen and the Arts of Language
3. Mergen Monastery and Its Landscape
4. Duke Galdan, Perspectives on the Self in the Qing Era
5. Sülde: The “Spirit of Invincibility,” Its Multiplicity and Its Secrets
6. The Afterlife of the 8th Mergen Gegen
7. Sengge: A Lama’s Knowledge and Its Vicissitudes
8. The Chorji Lama: Inheriting from the Past in a New World
9. Regroupings of Laity
10. Tradition and Archivization

Epilogue: Dispersion and Creation


Editorial Reviews

“A lively product of extensive field research in Inner Mongolia, this book brings to light how the Mergen monastery propagated Mongol versions of Buddhist texts and rituals among lay populations in the mid-eighteenth century. Drawing on a variety of untapped local sources, Caroline Humphrey and Hürelbataar Ujeed offer a refreshing view on the Mongol reappropriation of Buddhism in everyday life—an indispensable anthropological reading that illuminates previous studies based on official sources.”