Proceedings of the Tenth Seminar of the IATS, 2003. Volume 12: Buddhism Beyond the Monastery

Tantric Practices and their Performers in Tibet and the Himalayas


Volume Editors: Sarah Jacoby and Antonio Terrone
Monasteries have been the locus classicus of the academic investigation of Tibetan religions. This volume seeks to balance this emphasis with an exploration of the diverse religious specialists who operate outside of the monastery in Tibet and along the Himalayan belt. The articles collected here depict Tantric professionals, visionaries, village lamas, spirit mediums, and female religious leaders whose loyalties reside in the noncelibate sphere but whose activities have had a significant impact on Tibetan religion. Using methodologies drawn from anthropological and textual scholarship, these seven essays bolster our understanding of religious practices and their performers beyond the monasteries of Central and Eastern Tibet, Bhutan, and India from historical times to the present day.

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Sarah Jacoby, Ph.D. (2007) in Religion, University of Virginia, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Northwestern University. Interested in Tibetan biography, revelation, and gender studies, she is researching the life and works of the Tibetan visionary Sera Khandro.
Antonio Terrone, Doctoral Candidate at Leiden University, is Visiting Assistant Professor at Northwestern University. Interested in the history and religious practices of the Nyingma School, he is investigating the phenomena of Treasure revealers in Tibetan areas of contemporary China.
Introduction to Buddhism Beyond the Monastery -
HEATHER STODDARD - Eat it up or Throw it to the Dogs? Dge ’dun chos ’phel (1903-1951), Ma cig lab sgron (1055-1153) and Pha Dam pa sangs rgyas (d. 1117): A Ramble Through the
Burial Grounds of Ordinary and ‘Holy’ Beings in Tibet
SARAH JACOBY—To be or not to be Celibate: Morality and Consort Practices According to the Treasure Revealer Se ra mkha’ ’gro’s (1892-1940) Auto/biographical Writings
ANTONIO TERRONE—Householders and Monks: A Study of Treasure Revealers and their Role in Religious Revival in Contemporary Eastern Tibet
FRANCOISE POMMARET—‘Local Community Rituals’ in Bhutan: Documentation and Tentative Reading
NICOLAS SIHLE—The Ala and Ngakpa Priestly Traditions of Nyemo (Central Tibet): Hybridity and Hierarchy
BSTAN ’DZIN TSHE RING—The ‘Spirit Mediums’ (lha pa) of Reb gong in A mdo
MARCIA S. CALKOWSKI—Signs of Transition:
On Interpreting Some Predictors of Sprul sku Rebirth
Academic libraries, Buddhist Studies scholars and students, Tibetan Studies scholars and students, and those interested in South Asian Studies.