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Conventional Buddhism And Village Religion

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This chapter looks more closely at the relations among the shamans, the village lamas and their conventional Buddhist-minded counterparts. While the pawo, the bongthing and the village lamas have established a form of understanding and ritual collaboration which over the years has resulted in the practice of what the author have called ?village religion?, outside conventional Buddhist influences seem to have come into conflict with this local understanding repeatedly. The chapter outlines Lopen Dugyal's confrontation with the bon ritual specialists and the way the conflict between village religion and conventional Buddhism expressed itself dramatically in the course of the pawo's annual retreat. Details of the retreat as well as the growing conflictual relation which developed between Lopen Dugyal and the village lamas reveal that an important aspect of the conflict may actually have been between conventional Buddhism and its village adaptation.

Keywords: conventional Buddhism; Lopen Dugyal's confrontation; pawo's annual retreat; village lamas; village religion



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