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Title: Revelations of a modern mystic : the life and legacy of Kun Bzang Bde Chen Gling Pa 1928-2006
Author: Hall, Amelia J. E.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2745 0730
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2012
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This study traces the development of Tibetan 'treasure' texts and practices in contemporary times via the life-story and scriptural revelations of the Tibetan 'treasure revealer' (gter ston) Kun bzang bde chen gling pa (1928-2006). It examines how his revelations (gter ma) rooted in the historic spirituality of Tibet, continue and adapt into the twenty first century. The study is important in order to understand the ways this Asian religious concept develops and coalesces in North America. With the dramatic advances in communication through digital technology, it examines how gter ma texts and practices reach a modern audience. Also discussed are the implications of centuries old debates surrounding Buddhist lineage, transmission and ‘authenticity’ as well as concepts such as liberty, equality and authority. All of which are culture-specific constructions that differ radically when seen from a variety of perspectives. The main conclusion drawn from this research is that as a Western Vajrayāna ‘tradition’ emerges and intersects with older Tibetan forms, both must attempt to find a middle path between their differing applications and interpretations if they are to avoid drifting into an arena of extensive commercialisation, dilution and distortion.
Supervisor: Ramble, C.; Roesler, U. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: History of Asia & Far East ; Tibetan ; Buddhism ; Philosophy,psychology and sociology of religion ; gTer ma ; Tibet