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At one extreme, as in the story of Marpa and Milarepa cited later in this chapter, a
whole new cultural pattern may be coming into being within the general social
context. More typically, we are concerned with a shift of balance within the ...
tional behavior of many of the Tantric siddhas has already been referred to, and
Milarepa provided a T1betan prototype. More generally, all these figures can be
related to the 'trickster' aspect of the shamanic role (see Samuel 1990:118-119).
Tsangnyon and his circle did not trace their lineage of teachings back to
Gampopa, Milarepa's foremost monastic disciple and the founder of the
Kagyudpa monastic tradition. Instead, they claimed to continue the oral tradition (
nyen- gyiid) of ...
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Samuel wrote Civilized Shamans for an anthropological audience, but the book has become a key text for students of Tibet’s history and religion. He proposes that shamanic influence is greater in ... Read full review
Civilized Shamans: Buddhism in Tibetan SocietiesUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Everything about this book on the political and religious history of Tibet is big. A 150-page discussion on the socio-economic developments in Tibet serves as an introduction; the major discussion on ... Read full review
Shamanic and Clerical Buddhism
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Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet: Religious Revival and Cultural Identity
Andrew L. Christenson
No preview available - 1998