Tibetan Rituals of Death: Buddhist Funerary Practices by Margaret Gouin

By Margaret Gouin

This ebook describes and analyses the constitution and function of Tibetan Buddhist loss of life rituals, and situates that functionality in the wider context of Buddhist dying practices often. Drawing on a close and systematic comparative survey of latest documents of Tibetan funerary practices, together with old go back and forth debts, anthropological and ethnographic literature, Tibetan texts and educational reviews, it demonstrates that there's no usual type of funeral in Tibetan Buddhism, even supposing sure parts are universal.

The constitution of the ebook follows the dual trajectories of reaping rewards the deceased and holding survivors; within the procedure, it finds a wealthy and intricate panoply of actions, a few dealt with by way of spiritual pros and others by means of lay individuals. this data is tested to spot similarities and adjustments in practices, and the measure to which Tibetan Buddhist funeral practices are in line with the mortuary rituals of alternative sorts of Buddhism. a few parts in those loss of life rites which before everything seem to be precise to Tibetan Buddhism might simply be ‘Tibetan’ of their floor features, whereas having roots in practices which pre-date the transmission of Buddhism to Tibet.

Filling a spot within the latest literature on Tibetan Buddhism, this booklet poses examine demanding situations that might interact destiny students within the box of Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism and Anthropology.

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