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Buddhism and Empire: The Political and Religious Culture of Early Tibet (Michael L Walter) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2009) 9789004175846
Buddhism and Empire: The Political and Religious Culture of Early Tibet (Michael L Walter) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2009) 9789004175846
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Title: Buddhism and Empire: The Political and Religious Culture of Early Tibet

Author: Walter, Michael L

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2009

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004175846

Volumes: 1; Pages: xxviii, 316

List Price in Cloth: $185.00 Our price: $157.50

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This books convincingly reassesses the role of political institutions in the introduction of Buddhism under the Tibetan Empire (c. 620-842), showing how relationships formed in the Imperial period underlie many of the unique characteristics of traditional Tibetan Buddhism.Taking the original sources as a point of departure, the author convincingly argues that later sources hitherto used for the history of early Tibetan Buddhism in fact project later ideas backward, thus in fact distorting our views of its enculturation.Following the pattern of Buddhism's spread elsewhere in Asia, the early Tibetan imperial court realized how useful the normative Buddhist concepts were.It is made clear that while beliefs and practices per se changed after the Tibetan Empire, the model of socio-political-religious leadership developed in the early period, survived its demise and still constitutes a significant element in contemporary Tibetan Buddhist religious culture.
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