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A Buddhist Sensibility

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Dominique Townsend brings to her translations not only a careful reading of Classical Tibetan but also the insight and talents of a poet. She rightly situates Mindroling as the preeminent academy for scores of religious teachers and aristocratic officials, including the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, in seventeenth-century Tibet.

Auteur
Dominique Townsend is assistant professor of Buddhist studies at Bard College. She is also a poet and the author of Shantideva: How to Wake Up a Hero (2015), a book about Buddhism for children and families.

Texte du rabat

Founded in 1676, Mindroeling monastery became a key site for Buddhist education and a Tibetan civilizational center. Dominique Townsend investigates the ritual, artistic, and cultural practices inculcated at Mindroeling to demonstrate how early modern Tibetans integrated Buddhist and worldly activities through training in aesthetics.



Résumé
Founded in 1676 during a cosmopolitan early modern period, Mindröling monastery became a key site for Buddhist education and a Tibetan civilizational center. Its founders sought to systematize and institutionalize a worldview rooted in Buddhist philosophy, engaging with contemporaries from across Tibetan Buddhist schools while crystallizing what it meant to be part of their own Nyingma school. At the monastery, ritual performance, meditation, renunciation, and training in the skills of a bureaucrat or member of the literati went hand in hand. Studying at Mindröling entailed training the senses and cultivating the objects of the senses through poetry, ritual music, monastic dance, visual arts, and incense production, as well as medicine and astrology.

Dominique Townsend investigates the ritual, artistic, and cultural practices inculcated at Mindröling to demonstrate how early modern Tibetans integrated Buddhist and worldly activities through training in aesthetics. Considering laypeople as well as monastics and women as well as men, A Buddhist Sensibility sheds new light on the forms of knowledge valued in early modern Tibetan societies, especially among the ruling classes. Townsend traces how tastes, values, and sensibilities were cultivated and spread, showing what it meant for a person, lay or monastic, to be deemed well educated. Combining historical and literary analysis with fieldwork in Tibetan Buddhist communities, this book reveals how monastic institutions work as centers of cultural production beyond the boundaries of what is conventionally deemed Buddhist.

Contenu
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
A Note on Translations and Transliterations
Introduction: Buddhist Aesthetics, the Cultivation of the Senses, and Beauty's Efficacy
1. Historical Background: Laying the Foundation for Mindröling
2. A Pleasure Grove for the Buddhist Senses: Mindröling Takes Root
3. Plucking the Strings: On Style, Letter Writing, and Relationships
4. Training the Senses: Aesthetic Education for Monastics
5. Taming the Aristocrats: Cultivating Early Modern Tibetan Literati and Bureaucrats
Epilogue: Destruction and Revival: The Next Generation
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Informations sur le produit

Titre: A Buddhist Sensibility
Sous-titre: Aesthetic Education at Tibet's Mindröling Monastery
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9780231194877
ISBN: 978-0-231-19487-7
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: University Presses
Genre: Religion et théologie
nombre de pages: 272
Poids: 374g
Taille: H229mm x B152mm x T18mm
Année: 2021