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Tibetan Studies at SOAS

The spread of the institution of reincarnation in Tibet

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Prof Gray Tuttle (Columbia University)

Date: 21 March 2014Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 21 March 2014Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: 116

Type of Event: Lecture

Series: Circle of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies

This talk outlines the spread of incarnation lineages across time and throughout Tibetan territory. The cultural institution of children being understood as rebirths (yang srid, but more commonly tulku,sprul sku) of important Buddhist teachers allowed for a concentration of charismatic, economic and social power that had dramatic consequences for Tibetan society. While scholars have treated the origins of the first and most important of these lineages (the Karmapa, Dalai and Panchen Lamas), no one has attempted to write a general history of the growth of the institution. With an inventory of nearly 500 incarnation series with start date and location of the seat and an inventory on an additional 1000 incarnations series for which the start date is not known, enable one to trace the growth of the institution and its spread throughout Tibet.

Organiser: Dr Nathan W. Hill