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The Dalai Lama has said that Tibetans consider themselves “the child of Indian civilization” and that India is the “holy land” from whose sources the Tibetans have built their own civilization. What explains this powerful allegiance to India? In The Holy Land Reborn¸ Toni Huber investigates how Tibetans have maintained a ritual relationship to India, particularly by way of pilgrimage, and what it means for them to consider India as their holy land.

Focusing on the Tibetan creation and recreation of India as a destination, a landscape, and a kind of other, in both real and idealized terms, Huber explores how Tibetans have used the idea of India as a religious territory and a sacred geography in the development of their own religion and society. In a timely closing chapter, Huber also takes up the meaning of India for the Tibetans who live in exile in their Buddhist holy land.

A major contribution to the study of Buddhism, The Holy Land Reborn describes changes in Tibetan constructs of India over the centuries, ultimately challenging largely static views of the sacred geography of Buddhism in India.

About the Author

Toni Huber is professor of Tibetan studies at the Institute for Asian and African Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin. He is the author or editor of five books, including most recently Nomads of Eastern Tibet.

Table of Contents

List of Figures Acknowledgments

Note on Transliteration

Introduction

 

Part One: Locating and Dislocating the Land of the Buddha

1   The Shifting Terrain of the Buddha

2   Buddhist Knowledge and Anachronism in Tibet 

3   Journeying to the Centre of the World

4   Tantric Buddhist India and Its Tibetan Appropriation  

 

Part Two: Reinventing the Holy Land in India

5   Nirvana in Assam 

6   Return to the Centre of the World 

7   The Allure of the Atsaras                                                                        

8   The Precious Guru in the Punjab   

 

Part Three: Modern Rebirths of the Holy Land

9    Archaeological and Discursive Rebirths of Buddhist India       

10  Encountering the Modern Holy Land 11  Exile in the Land of the Buddha

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226356488
Author:
Huber, Toni
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
REL007050
Subject:
Buddhism - Tibetan
Subject:
Sacred space
Subject:
China
Subject:
Buddhist pilgrims and pilgrimages -- India.
Subject:
Buddhist pilgrims and pilgrimages - China -
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Tibetan Buddhism
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Buddhism and Modernity
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
501
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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