Tibetan Renaissance: Tantric Buddhism in the Rebirth of Tibetan Culture

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Title:Tibetan Renaissance: Tantric Buddhism in the Rebirth of Tibetan Culture


Author:Ronald M. Davidson

Publisher:Columbia University Press

Publish Year:2005

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Paper Back

Subject:History | Politics | Religion | Buddhism | Philosophy | Spirituality / Spiritual | Social Science | Tibetan History | Tibetan Politics


Remarks:Notes, Abbreviations, Bibliography, Index


Size:151 X 229 mm


Price:USD 30.14

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  • Ronald M. Davidson explores how the translation and spread of esoteric Buddhist texts dramatically shaped Tibetan society and led to its rise as the center of Buddhist culture throughout Asia, replacing India as the perceived source of religious ideology and tradition. During the Tibetan Renaissance (950-1200 C.E.), monks and yogins translated an enormous number of Indian Buddhist texts. They employed the evolving literature and practices of esoteric Buddhism as the basis to reconstruct Tibetan religious, cultural, and political institutions. Many translators achieved the de facto status of feudal lords and while not always loyal to their Buddhist vows, these figures helped solidify political power in the hands of religious authorities and began a process that led to the Dalai Lama's theocracy. 

    Ronald M. Davidson

    Dr. Ronald Davidson has taught at Fairfield University since 1990, after having previously taught at Santa Clara University and at the Institute of Buddhist Studies (Graduate Theological Union) in California. He has twice been Director of Asian Studies and is currently Chair of Religious Studies and the Director of the Humanities Institute, College of Arts and Sciences. He was trained in Sanskrit and Chinese Buddhist studies at the University of California Berkeley under Drs. Padmanabh Jaini, Lewis Lancaster, and Michel Strickmann, but also studied with Tibetans for seventeen years before and during his graduate career, working off and on for eleven years with Ngor Thartse Khenpo (Hiroshi Sonami).
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