Study From the Field: Tibetan Monasteries

From the Field: Tibetan Monasteries

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Shva rDZong Ri KHrod monastery (Chinese: Xiazong si), Ping’an county, Qinghai province. The founder of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism, Tsongkhapa, was ordained at this monastery aged three. The monastery now has four attendant monks.

A Photo Essay: The Diversity of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in today's Qinghai and Gansu provinces.

Jane Caple, a WREAC PhD student, has recently returned from an overseas institutional visit at Qinghai Nationalities University in Xining, where she was studying spoken Amdo Tibetan. During the visit, she had the opportunity to visit monasteries in the Amdo Tibetan region, which is incorporated into today's Qinghai, Gansu and Sichuan provinces of China.  All photos ©Jane Caple, 2008.

This short photo essay aims to provide a glimpse into the diversity of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in today's Qinghai and Gansu provinces. The images and accompanying text show some of the very different physical forms and scales that these institutions take. They also provide some insight into the complex positioning of Tibetan Buddhist institutions in the contemporary world. In some cases there is an obvious juxtaposition of a monastery to modern city life or the tourist industry. In other cases, an apparent impression of remoteness belies the integration of these institutions into modern and global society.



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avatar LInda Rosen
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Hi Jane
I visited Ta Er Si when travelling through China in 1986, and happened to be there when a festival was taking place. Happy to share my photos/slides with you. I'm based in Leeds and you can contact me at the email below.
Best wishes
Linda Rosen (graduated Leeds University Modern Chinese Studies 1988)
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