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[book] Buddhism in Dialogue with Contemporary Societies

Buddhism in Dialogue with Contemporary SocietiesBuddhism in Dialogue with Contemporary Societies. Carola Roloff, Wolfram Weiße, Michael Zimmermann (Editor)

With contributions by
Bhikkhu Bodhi, Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā, Jay L. Garfield, Huimin Bhikshu, Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Sallie B. King, Volker Küster, Miao Guang, Thea Mohr, Mario Poceski, Yangsi Rinpoche, Jan-Ulrich Sobisch, Sander G. Tideman, André Van der Braak, Michael von Brück, B. Alan Wallace

«The growing pluralization of religion and culture in Europe means that we encounter an increasing number of Buddhist immigrants as well as ‘Western’ converts. Against this background, in June 2018, the Academy of World Religions and the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg (Germany), invited scholars of Theravāda, East Asian and Tibetan Buddhism. The questions discussed referred to:
— Does Buddhism matter today? What can it contribute?
— Must Buddhism adapt to the modern world? How can Buddhism adapt to a non-Asia context?
— When Buddhism travels, what must be preserved if Buddhism is to remain Buddhism?

The contributions in this volume show not only that Buddhism matters in the West but that it already has its strong impact on our societies. Therefore, universities in Europe should include Buddhist theories and techniques in their curricula.»

[video] The Circle — A Mongolian Adventure (Full Length Documentary)

Конференция студентов и молодых ученых: «Монголия в Северо-Восточной Азии: исторические связи и вызовы современности»

Институт стран Азии и Африки МГУ имени М.В. Ломоносова приглашает принять участие в научно-практической конференции студентов и молодых ученых «Монголия в Северо-Восточной Азии: исторические связи и вызовы современности», которая состоится 18-19 февраля 2021 года.
Монгольские народы на протяжении всей своей истории играли важную роль в социально-политических, экономических и культурных процессах в Азии. Современная Монголия позиционирует себя как активного участника международных отношений. В рамках конференции мы предлагаем сфокусировать внимание именно на процессах взаимодействия и взаимовлияния. Основываясь на междисциплинарном подходе, мы предлагаем объединить усилия молодых специалистов, представляющих смежные направления исследований, и рассмотреть изучаемый регион во всей его сложности и многообразии.
Хронология конференции охватывает как исторические аспекты, так и современную проблематику. К участию приглашаются студенты и молодые ученые, специализирующиеся на истории, языках, литературе, религии, фольклоре, этнологии, политике и экономике Монголии и сопредельных стран.
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[books] Sources of Mongolian Buddhism

sourcesSources of Mongolian Buddhism. Edited by Vesna A. Wallace.

«Despite Mongolia’s centrality to East Asian history and culture, Mongols themselves have often been seen as passive subjects on the edge of the Qing formation or as obedient followers of so-called «Tibetan Buddhism,» peripheral to major literary, religious, and political developments. But in fact Mongolian Buddhists produced multi-lingual and genre-bending scholastic and ritual works that profoundly shaped historical consciousness, community identification, religious knowledge, and practices in Mongolian lands and beyond. In Sources of Mongolian Buddhism, a team of leading Mongolian scholars and authors have compiled a collection of original Mongolian Buddhist works—including ritual texts, poetic prayers and eulogies, legends, inscriptions, and poems—for the first time in any European language.»

  • Features original Mongolian Buddhist texts never before translated into English
  • Introduces a fresh approach to understanding Tibeto-Mongolian Buddhism through primary sources
  • Offers literature from the seventeenth century to the present

[книги] Боо и Бон: Древние шаманские традиции Сибири и Тибета в их отношении к учениям центральноазиатского будды

Дмитрий Ермаков. Боо и Бон: Древние шаманские традиции Сибири и Тибета в их отношении к учениям центральноазиатского будды. Книга 1. Издательство «Пальмира», 2020.
Издательская аннотация:
«Книга современного исследователя тибетского бона Дмитрия Ермакова, в которой рассказывается о древних шаманских традициях Сибири и Тибета — бурятском боо мургэла и тибетском боне — в их отношении к учениям центральноазиатского будды. Она может быть одинаково полезной как для ученых, так и для практикующих бон, тибетский буддизм и шаманизм».

Conference for students and young scholars: Mongolia in Northeast Asia: Historical Ties and Modern Challenges

Lomonosov Moscow State University Institute of Asian and African Studies invite to participate in the conference for students and young scholars “Mongolia in Northeast Asia: Historical Ties and Modern Challenges” which will be held on February 18-19, 2021.

Throughout history, the Mongols played an important role in the socio-political, economic and cultural processes in Asia. Modern Mongolia positions itself as an active participant in international affairs. According to the topic of the conference we would like to focus on the processes of interaction and mutual influence. Based on an interdisciplinary approach, we propose to combine the efforts of young scholars from related research areas and consider the region in all its complexity and diversity.

The chronology of the conference covers both historical and contemporary issues. Students and young scholars specializing in history, languages, literature, religion, folklore, ethnology, politics and economics of Mongolia and neighboring countries are invited to participate.

The main subjects of the conference:

  •  100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Mongolia (November 5, 1921);
  •  Mongolian-Russian and Mongolian-Chinese relations;
  •  Mongolia-Korean and Mongolian-Japanese relations;
  •  Religious (Buddhist, Christian) networks in the region;
  •  Historical ties between Mongolia, Tibet and Russia;
  •  Linguistic, literary and folklore parallels and influences;
  •  Source studies of the countries of Northeast Asia region;
  •  Interregional cooperation and the role of international organizations;
  •  Mongolian nations and diasporas;

Within the framework of the conference, it is planned to conduct lectures, master classes and a roundtable discussion.

To participate in the conference:

Please send an application, the title of the report and abstracts (up to 500 words) by January 18,

2021 on this e-mail address:

The organizing committee has a right to reject materials that do not correspond to the specified

topic or were sent after the specified period.

Working languages: Russian and English.

Financial conditions: Participation in the conference is free. Payment for travel is carried out at
the expense of the conference participants. If the conference is held in person, accommodation in
the dormitory of the Moscow State University is possible.
Time limit for the main speech — up to 10 minutes, in the debate — 5 minutes. If you need
technical support, please indicate this in the application. Abstracts and materials of the
conference will be published.
Venue: Lomonosov Moscow State University Institute of Asian and African Studies (Moscow,
Mokhovaya st., 11/1).
Depending on the epidemiological situation, it is possible to hold a conference on the Zoom

[video] The Khitans: Corner Stone of the Mongol Empire

[books] Building a Religious Empire

Building a Religious Empire

Brenton Sullivan. Building a Religious Empire. Tibetan Buddhism, Bureaucracy, and the Rise of the Gelukpa

The vast majority of monasteries in Tibet and nearly all of the monasteries in Mongolia belong to the Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism, best known through its symbolic head, the Dalai Lama. Historically, these monasteries were some of the largest in the world, and even today some Geluk monasteries house thousands of monks, both in Tibet and in exile in India. In Building a Religious Empire, Brenton Sullivan examines the school’s expansion and consolidation of power along the frontier with China and Mongolia from the mid-seventeenth through the mid-eighteenth centuries to chart how its rise to dominance took shape.
In contrast to the practice in other schools of Tibetan Buddhism, Geluk lamas devoted an extraordinary amount of effort to establishing the institutional frameworks within which everyday aspects of monastic life, such as philosophizing, meditating, or conducting rituals, took place. In doing so, the lamas drew on administrative techniques usually associated with state-making—standardization, record-keeping, the conscription of young males, and the concentration of manpower in central cores, among others—thereby earning the moniker «lama official,» or «Buddhist bureaucrat.»

The deployment of these bureaucratic techniques to extend the Geluk «liberating umbrella» over increasing numbers of lands and peoples leads Sullivan to describe the result of this Geluk project as a «religious empire.» The Geluk lamas’ privileging of the monastic institution, Sullivan argues, fostered a common religious identity that insulated it from factionalism and provided legitimacy to the Geluk project of conversion, conquest, and expansion. Ultimately, this system succeeded in establishing a relatively uniform and resilient network of thousands of monasteries stretching from Nepal to Lake Baikal, from Beijing to the Caspian Sea.»

[Конференции] 16th IATS Seminar 2022

16th IATS Seminar. Prague, Czech Republic, July 3–10, 2022

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[book] A Monastery on the Move

A Monastery on the Move: Art and Politics in Later Buddhist Mongolia

Uranchimeg Tsultemin. A Monastery on the Move: Art and Politics in Later Buddhist Mongolia.

«In 1639, while the Géluk School of the Fifth Dalai Lama and Qing emperors vied for supreme authority in Inner Asia, Zanabazar (1635–1723), a young descendent of Chinggis Khaan, was proclaimed the new Jebtsundampa ruler of the Khalkha Mongols. Over the next three centuries, the ger (yurt) erected to commemorate this event would become the mobile monastery Ikh Khüree, the political seat of the Jebtsundampas and a major center of Mongolian Buddhism. When the monastery and its surrounding structures were destroyed in the 1930s, they were rebuilt and renamed Ulaanbaatar, the modern-day capital of Mongolia.

Based on little-known works of Mongolian Buddhist art and architecture, A Monastery on the Move presents the intricate and colorful history of Ikh Khüree and of Zanabazar, himself an eminent artist. Author Uranchimeg Tsultemin makes the case for a multifaceted understanding of Mongol agency during the Géluk’s political ascendancy and the Qing appropriation of the Mongol concept of dual rulership (shashin tör) as the nominal “Buddhist Government.” In rich conversation with heretofore unpublished textual, archeological, and archival sources (including ritualized oral histories), Uranchimeg argues that the Qing emperors’ “Buddhist Government” was distinctly different from the Mongol vision of sovereignty, which held Zanabazar and his succeeding Jebtsundampa reincarnates to be Mongolia’s rightful rulers. This vision culminated in their independence from the Qing and the establishment of the Jebtsundampa’s theocractic government in 1911.

A groundbreaking work, A Monastery on the Move provides a fascinating, in-depth analysis and interpretation of Mongolian Buddhist art and its role in shaping borders and shifting powers in Inner Asia.»