Buddhism in Mongolian History, Culture, and Society

Paperback | February 13, 2015

EditorVesna A. Wallace

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Buddhism in Mongolian History, Culture, and Society explores the unique elements of Mongolian Buddhism while challenging its stereotyped image as a mere replica of Tibetan Buddhism. Vesna A. Wallace brings together an interdisciplinary group of leading scholars to explore the interactionbetween the Mongolian indigenous culture and Buddhism, the features that Buddhism acquired through its adaptation to the Mongolian cultural sphere, and the ways Mongols have constructed their Buddhist identity. The contributors explore the ways that Buddhism retained unique Mongolian featuresthrough Qing and Mongol support, and bring to light the ways in which Mongolian Buddhists saw Buddhism as inseparable from "Mongolness." They show that by being greatly supported by Mongol and Qing empires, suppressed by the communist governments, and experiencing revitalization facilitated bydemocratization and the challenges posed by modernity, Buddhism underwent a series of transformations while retaining unique Mongolian features.The book covers historical events, social and political conditions, and influential personages in Mongolian Buddhism from the sixteenth century to the present, and addresses the artistic and literary expressions of Mongolian Buddhism and various Mongolian Buddhist practices and beliefs.

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Buddhism in Mongolian History, Culture, and Society explores the unique elements of Mongolian Buddhism while challenging its stereotyped image as a mere replica of Tibetan Buddhism. Vesna A. Wallace brings together an interdisciplinary group of leading scholars to explore the interactionbetween the Mongolian indigenous culture and Budd...

Vesna A. Wallace is a Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her areas of specialization include Indian and Mongolian Buddhist traditions. She has published extensively on Indian and Mongolian Buddhism, including four books and numerous articles.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 1.42 inPublished:February 13, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199958661

ISBN - 13:9780199958665

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AcknowledgmentsContributorsVesna A. Wallace: IntroductionPart I1. Johan Elverskog: What Happened to Queen Jenggen?2. Richard Taupier: The Western Mongolian Clear Script and the Making of the Buddhist State3. Baatr Kitinov: Shakur Lama: The Last Attempt to Build the Buddhist State4. Matthew King: Modernities, Sense Making, and the Inscription of Mongolian Buddhist Place5. Vesna A. Wallace: Envisioning a Mongolian Buddhist Identity through Chinggis KhaanPart II6. Uranchimeg Ujeed: Establishment of the Mergen Tradition of Mongolian Buddhism7. Uranchimeg Tsultemin: Zanabazar (1635-1723): Vajrayana Art and the State in Medieval Mongolia8. Uranchimeg Tsultemin: The Power and Authority of Maitreya in Mongolia Examined through Mongolian Art9. Simon Wickham-Smith: A Literary History of Buddhism in Mongolia10. Vesna A. Wallace: How Vajrapani Became a Mongol11. Vesna A. Wallace: What Do Protective Deities, Mongolian Heroes, and Fast Steeds Have in Common?12. Vesna A. Wallace: Buddhist Sacred Mountains, Auspicious Landscapes, and Their AgencyPart III13. Christopher Kaplonski: Criminal Lamas: Court Cases Against Buddhist Monks in Early Socialist Mongolia14. Karma Lekshe Tsomo: Transition and Transformation: Buddhist Women of Buryatia15. Hurelbaatar Ujeed: The Social and Cultural Practices of Buddhism: The Local Context of Inner Mongolia in the First Half of the Twentieth Century

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"With the revival of Mongol Buddhism following the fall of the Soviet Union, conditions for the study of Mongol Buddhist traditions improved dramatically. Buddhism in Mongolian History, Culture, and Society well represents the new scholarship that this has enabled. The fifteen carefullyprepared essays published here shed welcome new light on many aspects of Mongolian Buddhism that have been previously neglected." --Matthew Kapstein, Director of Tibetan Studies, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris