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Householders And Monks: A Study Of Treasure Revealers And Their Role In Religious Revival In Contemporary Eastern Tibet

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This chapter investigates the life and teachings of two contemporary Treasure revealers, one monastic and one non-celibate, who both have important roles in the contemporary Treasure revelation movements in eastern Tibet: the fully-ordained monk Grub dbang lung rtogs rgyal mtshan and the non-celibate Tantric adept Bde chen 'od gsal rdo rje. The chapter discusses the religious context of present-day eastern Tibetan regions of Khams and Mgo log. It focuses on post-Mao and post-Deng religious and political developments. The chapter offers a background frame in which to contextualise the activities of Treasure revealers and their role in their religious communities. It presents case studies of the life and activities of two currently active Treasure revealers, Grub dbang lung rtogs rgyal mtshan, the fully-ordained monk and leader of Ya chen sgar, and Bde chen 'od gsal rdo rje, the non-celibate Tantric practitioner teaching at the Rdza mer chen Hermitage in Nang chen.

Keywords: eastern Tibetan region; monk; Tantric adept; treasure revealers



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