Buddhism Between Tibet and China

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  • Copyright: 2009-04-01
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications
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As Tibet enters into its 50th year of Chinese rule, questions of cultural distinctions and similarities are formed to determine the future of the relationship between the Snow Lion and the Red Dragon. But often left unsaid is the long history the two share, and the cultural interchanges that have existed over time. Setting political agenda aside, Matthew Kapstein has assembled a collection of essays to probe the nature of this relationship, from the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 CE) to the present. The historical accounts that comprise this volume display the dialogue between Tibet and China surrounding scholarship, the fine arts, politics, philosophy, and religion, providing insight into the history behind the relationship from a variety of geographical regions.

Author Biography

Matthew Kapstein is Director of Tibetan Studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris, and Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Chicago. His previous books include The Tibetans, The Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhism, The Presence of Light, and, with anthropologist Melvyn C. Goldstein, Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet. He lives in Paris, France.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xv
Contributorsp. xix
Transcription Conventionsp. xxii
Introduction: Mediations and Marginsp. 1
Sites of Encounter
The Treaty Temple of the Turquoise Grovep. 21
The Commissioner's Commissions: Late-Thirteenth-Century Tibetan and Chinese Buddhist Art in Hangzhou under the Mongolsp. 73
Dabaojigong and the Regional Tradition of Ming Sino-Tibetan Painting in the Kingdom of Lijiangp. 97
Missions from the Frontiers
Tibetan Buddhism, Perceived and Imagined, along the Ming-Era Sino-Tibetan Frontierp. 155
The "Reverend Chinese" (Gyanakpa tsang) at Labrang Monasteryp. 181
Gangkar Rinpoché between Tibet and China: A Tibetan Lama among Ethnic Chinese in the 1930s to 1950sp. 215
The Modern Chinese Discovery of Tibetan Buddhism
Translating Buddhism from Tibetan to Chinese in Early-Twentieth-Century China (1931-1951)p. 241
Tibetan Learning in the Contemporary Chinese Yogăcăra Schoolp. 281
The "Chinese Lama" Nenghai (1886-1967): Doctrinal Tradition and Teaching Strategies of a Gelukpa Master in Republican Chinap. 295
China and the Dalai Lama in the Twentieth Century
The Thirteenth Dalai Lama's Visit to Beijing in 1908: In Search of a New Kind of Chaplain-Donor Relationshipp. 349
The Taiwanese Connection: Politics, Piety, and Patronage in Transnational Tibetan Buddhismp. 379
Tibetan Spelling Listp. 415
Chinese Glossaryp. 423
Indexp. 439
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