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Author Willock, Nicole D., author.

Title Lineages of the literary : Tibetan Buddhist polymaths of socialist China / Nicole Willock
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2021]


Description 1 online resource (xv, 320 pages) : illustrations
Contents Three Polymaths : past and present -- "Telling what happened" : Buddhist recollections of the 1950s -- Mellifluous words on the human condition : the Maoist years -- Dungkar Rinpoché on the contested ground of Tibetan history -- Diverging lineages
Summary "In the aftermath of the cataclysmic Maoist period, three Tibetan Buddhist scholars living and working in the People's Republic of China became intellectual heroes. Renowned as the "Three Polymaths," Tséten Zhabdrung (1910-1985), Mugé Samten (1914-1993), and Dungkar Lozang Trinlé (1927-1997) earned this symbolic title for their efforts to keep the lamp of the Dharma lit even in the darkest hour of Tibetan history. Lineages of the Literary reveals how the Three Polymaths negotiated the political tides of the twentieth century, shedding new light on Sino-Tibetan relations and Buddhism during this turbulent era. Nicole Willock explores their contributions to reviving Tibetan Buddhism, expanding Tibetan literary arts, and pioneering Tibetan studies as an academic discipline. Her sophisticated reading of Tibetan-language sources vivifies the capacious literary world of the Three Polymaths, including autobiography, Buddhist philosophy, poetic theory, and historiography. Whereas prevailing state-centric accounts offer Tibetan religious figures in China only two roles, collaborator or resistance fighter, Willock shows how the Three Polymaths offer an alternative model of agency. She illuminates how they by turns safeguarded, taught, and celebrated Tibetan Buddhist knowledge, practices, and institutions after their near destruction during the Cultural Revolution. An interdisciplinary work spanning religious studies, history, literary studies, and social theory, Lineages of the Literary offers new insight into the categories of religion and the secular, the role of Tibetan Buddhist leaders in modern China, and the contested ground of Tibet"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 04, 2021)
Subject Tshe-tan Zhabs-drung, 1910 or 1911-1986.
Bsam-gtan, Dmu-dge.
Blo-bzang-ʼphrin-las, Dung-dkar, 1927-1997.
Bsam-gtan, Dmu-dge
Buddhism -- China -- Tibet Autonomous Region -- History -- 20th century
HISTORY -- Asia -- China.
RELIGION / Buddhism / History
Intellectual life
Tibet Region -- Civilization
China -- Intellectual life -- 1949-
Tibet Region
China -- Tibet Autonomous Region
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020038975
ISBN 0231551967