The Words and World of GE Bcags Nunnery: Tantric Meditation in Context (Brill's Tibetan Studies Library #56) (Hardcover)

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The Words and World of GE Bcags Nunnery: Tantric Meditation in Context (Brill's Tibetan Studies Library #56) (Hardcover)

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Ge bcags (Gebchak) dgon pa, founded in 1892 in Nang chen, Khams (Qinghai Province, PRC), is still active today with around 250 nuns practising intensive Vajrayāna rituals, yogas and meditation.
The nuns' knowledge goal is embodied, nonconceptual awareness, yet they spend many hours daily reading texts as part of their training. By investigating the whole context of the nuns' lifeworld and ways of learning, this ethnography questions the role of reading in Ge bcags' tacit knowledge tradition. At a time when Tibetan learning practices are quickly modernising, this book demonstrates a Buddhist tradition whose textual knowledge is not exactly literal, but cultivated through continuous, whole person learning.
Product Details ISBN: 9789004687271
ISBN-10: 9004687270
Publisher: Brill
Publication Date: February 7th, 2024
Pages: 276
Language: English
Series: Brill's Tibetan Studies Library