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[ book ] Renunciation and Longing

lamaAnnabella Pitkin. Renunciation and Longing. The Life of a Twentieth-Century Himalayan Buddhist Saint

«Through the eventful life of a Himalayan Buddhist teacher, Khunu Lama, this study reimagines cultural continuity beyond the binary of traditional and modern. In the early twentieth century, Khunu Lama journeyed across Tibet and India, meeting Buddhist masters while sometimes living, so his students say, on cold porridge and water. Yet this elusive wandering renunciant became a revered teacher of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. At Khunu Lama’s death in 1977, he was mourned by Himalayan nuns, Tibetan lamas, and American meditators alike. The many surviving stories about him reveal significant dimensions of Tibetan Buddhism, shedding new light on questions of religious affect and memory that reimagines cultural continuity beyond the binary of traditional and modern.

In Renunciation and Longing, Annabella Pitkin explores devotion, renunciation, and the teacher-student lineage relationship as resources for understanding Tibetan Buddhist approaches to modernity. By examining narrative accounts of the life of a remarkable twentieth-century Himalayan Buddhist and focusing on his remembered identity as a renunciant bodhisattva, Pitkin illuminates Tibetan and Himalayan practices of memory, affective connection, and mourning. Refuting long-standing caricatures of Tibetan Buddhist communities as unable to be modern because of their religious commitments, Pitkin shows instead how twentieth- and twenty-first-century Tibetan and Himalayan Buddhist narrators have used themes of renunciation, devotion, and lineage as touchstones for negotiating loss and vitalizing continuity.»

[ book ] An Afterlife for the Khan

khanJonathan Z. Brack. An Afterlife for the Khan. Muslims, Buddhists, and Sacred Kingship in Mongol Iran and Eurasia

«In the Mongol Empire, the interfaith court debate was an arena for an ideologically and religiously charged performance of the Mongol ruler’s sacred kingship. At the court of the newly established Ilkhanate, Muslim administrators, Buddhist monks, and Christian clergy all attempted to sway their imperial overlords, arguing fiercely over the proper role of the king and his government, with momentous and far-reaching consequences.

Focusing on the famous but understudied figure of the grand vizier Rashid al-Din, a Persian Jew who converted to Islam, Jonathan Z. Brack explores the myriad ways Rashid al-Din and his fellow courtiers investigated, reformulated, and transformed long-standing ideas of authority and power. Out of this intellectual ferment of accommodation, resistance, and experimentation, they developed a completely new understanding of sacred kingship. This new ideal, and the political theology it subtends, would go on to become a central justification in imperial projects across Eurasia in the centuries that followed. An Afterlife for the Khan offers a powerful cultural and intellectual history of this pivotal moment for Islam and empire in the Middle East and Asia.»

[ book ] Buddhist Hermeneutics and East Asian Buddhist Interpreters

buddhisttranslSumi Lee. Buddhist Hermeneutics and East Asian Buddhist Interpreters: Delivering Dharma of No Dharma

«This book explores the hermeneutic question of how non-conceptual religious reality is conceptually interpreted in the Buddhist tradition. While interpreters of religion have to perform their task through the process of conceptualization of their subjects, religious reality is typically considered as transcending conceptual categorization. Noting this dilemmatic problem, this work discusses the issues involved in Buddhist hermeneutics. It consists of two parts, the first of which discusses possibilities and problems associated with Buddhist hermeneutics, through three different topics: two exegetic strategies of the Indian Buddhist tradition, interpretive problems in the realistic approach to Buddhism, and historicist interpretations of Buddhism in modern times. The second part examines particular interpretive approaches to reality in East Asian Buddhism, such as the Chinese meditative practice of kanhua Chan, the Korean scholar-monk Wŏnhyo’s (617–686) view on non-duality of buddha-nature, and the Japanese monk Kūkai’s (774–835) perspective on emptiness. By addressing these issues, this volume illuminates the fundamental hermeneutic challenge in Buddhism: how to deliver dharma of no dharma.»

[ conference ] Vernacular Buddhism in Asia and Europe

Conference «Vernacular Buddhism in Asia and Europe» will take place May 4-6, 2023 in University of Tartu.

Our conference invites you to look at the rich diversity of Buddhism from geographical, chronological, textual, contextual, structural, cultural, ritual, social, philosophical and pragmatic perspectives. We encourage topics that focus on Asian and also European and Western regions, taken separately or in comparison. 

The deadline for applications and an abstract (250-300 words) is February 15, 2023, using e-mails: alevtina.solovyeva@ut.ee 

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[ conference ] The Mongols: Tradition and Modernity

III International Multidisciplinary Conference — The Mongols: Tradition and Modernity

Mongolian communities and their neighbours facing global and local challenges: Strategies, responses, perspectives
March 24-25, 2023
University of Tartu, Estonia
Organisers: University of Tartu, National University of Mongolia
This time our conference discusses topics relating to Mongolian peoples and their neighbours in various situations of challenge caused by natural, cultural, social, and political circumstances. We would like to bring a broad approach to the discussion, based on diverse historical and contemporary perspectives on the geographical regions where Mongolian communities live and have lived. The focus of the discussion will be on local and global challenges and choices. We encourage you to look at the specific strategies used in dealing with various concerns, complicated configurations, and processes. The conference will give the opportunity to talk about outcomes of, and perspectives on, individual, group and national responses. We will also offer reflections on languages, oral and written narratives, religious practices, ethnic and communal identities, national and political ideologies, migrations, cultural movements, popular trends, etc. Читать далее

[ видео ] «ДНК свободы монгольских женщин»

[ конференция ] «Скородумовские чтения»

Межвузовская конференция студентов, аспирантов и молодых ученых «Скородумовские чтения»

Уважаемые коллеги!

Институт классического Востока и античности НИУ ВШЭ проводит Межвузовскую конференцию студентов, аспирантов и молодых ученых, посвященную 75-летию со дня рождения Л. Г. Скородумовой (07.02.1947–21.12.2019), видного  ченого, замечательного педагога и зачинателя традиции молодежных межвузовских конференций монголистов.
Научные интересы и исследования Л. Г. Скородумовой отличались разнообразием и были посвящены изучению различных аспектов культуры монголов и их соседей.

Тематика конференции: фольклор, литература, история, этнология, политология Монголии и монгольского мира.
Рабочие языки конференции – русский, монгольский.

Конференция состоится 17.02.2023 в ИКВИА НИУ ВШЭ по адресу: Москва, Старая Басманная ул. д. 21/4

Приём заявок на участие в конференции и тезисов до 1 февраля 2023 года.
Заявки принимаются по электронному адресу mongolia-tibet@hse.ru
Оргкомитет оставляет за собой право отбора тезисов для включения в программу конференции.

Оргкомитет:
А. Д. Цендина
Я. Д. Леман

[ интервью ] Ю.В. Кузьмин о монголоведении, российско-монгольских отношениях и протестах

На ментальном уровне Монголия остается нашим стратегическим партнером, своеобразным противовесом для сохранения своего же нейтрального статуса, но явно дрейфует от современной России. 

интервью ИркутскМедиа

О протестах:

  • Назначить виноватых только в лице американцев, китайцев неправильно, факторов значительно больше, фактически несколько и надо смотреть в первую очередь на ключевые и первостепенные. Из ключевых факторов — это борьба партий и различных уровней политической власти в стране (парламент, президент, премьер-министр). Уже начинается предвыборная кампания, а в 2024 году пройдут выборы.
  • Говорить о том, что толпой управляли сложно, но возможно такие попытки были.
  • Известно, что Монголия в ближайшее время должна выплатить по внешнему долгу около 3,7 млрд долларов. Денег, естественно, нет, а если и есть, то все не отдашь. … И можно предположить, что власти страны сообщат, что в связи с протестами, неспокойной политической ситуацией заплатить по госдолгу не смогут и им могут дать отсрочку. …Но это, скорее всего, маловероятный фактор.
  • Передел рынка.

[ подборка ] Протесты в Монголии 2022

 

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[ book ] A Thousand Steps to Parliament

manduhai

Manduhai Buyandelger. A Thousand Steps to Parliament. Constructing Electable Women in Mongolia.

«A Thousand Steps to Parliament traces how the complicated, contradictory paths to political representation that women in Mongolia must walk mirror those the world over.

Mongolia has often been deemed an “island of democracy,” commended for its rapid adoption of free democratic elections in the wake of totalitarian socialism. The democratizing era, however, brought alongside it a phenomenon that Manduhai Buyandelger terms “electionization”—a restructuring of elections from time-grounded events into a continuous neoliberal force that governs everyday life beyond the electoral period. In this way, electoral campaigns have come to substitute for the functions of governing, from social welfare to the private sector, requiring an accumulation of wealth and power beyond the reach of most women candidates. In A Thousand Steps to Parliament, Buyandelger shows how successful women candidates instead use strategies of self-polishing to cultivate charisma and a reputation for being oyunlag, or intellectful. This carefully crafted identity can be called the “electable self”: treating their bodies and minds as pliable and renewable, women candidates draw from the same practices of neoliberalism that have unsustainably commercialized elections. By tracing the complicated, contradictory paths to representation that women in Mongolia must walk, A Thousand Steps to Parliament holds a mirror up to democracies the world over, revealing an urgent need to grapple with the encroaching effects of neoliberalism in our global political systems.»