Power Objects in Tibetan Buddhism

The Life, Writings, and Legacy of Sokdokpa Lodrö Gyeltsen


In Power Objects in Tibetan Buddhism: The Life, Writings, and Legacy of Sokdokpa Lodrö Gyeltsen, James Duncan Gentry explores how objects of power figure in Tibetan religion, society, and polity through a study of the life of the Tibetan Buddhist ritual specialist Sokdokpa Lodrö Gyeltsen (1552–1624) within the broader context of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Tibet. In presenting Sokdokpa’s career and legacy, Gentry traces the theme of power objects across a wide spectrum of genres to show how Tibetan Buddhists themselves have theorized about objects of power and implemented them in practice. This study therefore provides a lens into how power objects serve as points of convergence for elite doctrinal discourses, socio-political dynamics, and popular religious practices in Tibetan Buddhist societies.

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James Duncan Gentry, Ph.D. (2014), Harvard University, is Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute, Kathmandu University, Nepal.
Essential reading for scholars working on Tibetan Buddhism, and of great interest to anyone studying Tibetan ritual, Tibetan history, and Buddhism and material culture.
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