ISBN 9789381904480,Trans-Himalayan Buddhism: Reconnecting Spaces, Sharing Concerns

Trans-Himalayan Buddhism: Reconnecting Spaces, Sharing Concerns



Knowledge World Publishers

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9789381904480

ISBN-10 9381904480


Number of Pages 117 Pages
Language (English)


Trans-Himalayan Buddhism is not simply a cultural spectacleacross spaces north and south, east and west of the Himalayas. Itis also a subject of interactive behaviour among Buddhistcommunities who have been dispersed over the Kunlun mountains orthe Kashgar markets that have been the meeting points of pilgrims,traders, merchants, envoys, military men, artists and scholartravelers. The northern reach of Buddhism is incomprehensiblewithout reflections on shared histories and common concerns whichthe book tries to focus on. The ambit of Buddhist studies reflectsnot only the spiritual and philosophical domain of Buddhism butalso a symbiotic relationship between the monastic establishmentand protectors of cultural tradition-a trend that one sees in thecontext of Buddhist revivalist projects in Mongolia and Buryatia.The presence of a Buddhist order in the political realm has revivedintellectual debates about the relationship between spiritual andtemporal authority. The interface between South Asian and SouthEast Buddhism on the one hand and Central Asian Buddhism on theother is also delicately balanced in Buddhist cultural discourse.The relevance of Buddhism in a globalized world has also given anew direction to the realm of Buddhist studies. This book takesinto account the competing discourses of preservation and revivalof Buddhism in the trans-Himalayan sector. It not only deals withthe cultural ethos that Buddhism represents in this region but alsothe diverse Buddhist traditions that are strongly entrencheddespite colonial intervention. Juxtaposed to the aesthetic variantis the extremely sensitive response of the Buddhist communities inIndia and Asiatic Russia centred round the issue of displacement.It is this issue of duality of common traditions and fracturedidentities that has been dealt with in the present volume