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Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism : The Third Karmapa and the Invention of a Tradition - (Hardcover)

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"Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism examines how the third Karmapa hierarch, Rangjung Dorjâe 1284-1339) transformed reincarnation from a belief into a Tibetan tradition. It surveys his life through the portal of his previously untranslated autobiographical stories and songs, which reveal the reincarnation tradition's rudiments. They include Rangjung Dorjâe's synthesis of the first three Karmapas' biographies and past-life stories (jtaka), upon which the later tradition was reliant. An analysis of these works shows how they used different strategies to authorize the Karmapas' reincarnate status: they presented the Karmapa reincarnates as an extension of the Kagyèu religious lineage, evoked well-known precedents of reincarnation, and highlighted the recognition they received from religious and secular hierarchs, including the Mongol Emperor. This analysis also emphasizes the important role local communities played in maintaining the Karmapas' institutions, and how Rangjung Dorjâe sort this support by livingin the same sacred sites as his predecessors. Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism argues, furthermore, that all of these elements of the tradition worked together; the stories of the Karmapas' lives enhanced Rangjung Dorjâe's authority, which helped to sanctify the sites in which he lived, and this, in turn, elicited more support from local communities, who then continued to tell his multi-life narrative. At the beginning of Rangjung Dorjâe's life, no one had gone looking for a new Karmapa. But his skill in storytelling, and the elite and community support that he cultivated during his life meant that after he died, many expected his return"--
Number of Pages: Xv, 322 pages ;
Genre: History, Religion + Beliefs
Sub-Genre: Asia, Buddhism
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Book theme: Tibetan, General
Author: Ruth Gamble
Language: English
Street Date: August 6, 2018
TCIN: 53920530
UPC: 9780190690779
Item Number (DPCI): 248-11-1441
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