Tibetan Rituals of Death: Buddhist Funerary Practices (Google eBook)

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Routledge, Sep 10, 2012 - Political Science - 208 pages
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This book centres on funeral rituals in Tibetan Buddhism with particular emphasis on their structure and performance. Drawing on historical travel literature, anthropological studies and ethnographic literature, as well as Tibetan texts and existing academic studies, the author describes and analyses Tibetan Buddhist funeral rituals from the earliest available records up to the present.
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The sources
5
3 Before death
12
4 Immediately after death
15
5 Disposal of the body
46
6 Special cases
80
7 Postdisposal rituals of benefit and protection
96
8 Remembering the deceased
130
9 Conclusion
134
Notes
138
Glossary
162
Bibliography
165
Index
177
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About the author (2012)

Margaret Gouin received her doctorate in Tibetan Buddhist studies from the University of Bristol and is now an independent scholar. Her current areas of interest are dying and death in Buddhist practice, the adaptation and evolution of Buddhism in the West, and research methodology.

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