A Monastery in Time: The Making of Mongolian Buddhism by Caroline Humphrey,Hurelbaatar Ujeed

By Caroline Humphrey,Hurelbaatar Ujeed

A Monastery in Time is the 1st publication to explain the lifetime of a Mongolian Buddhist monastery—the Mergen Monastery in internal Mongolia—from inside of its partitions. From the Qing profession of the eighteenth and 19th centuries during the Cultural Revolution, Caroline Humphrey and Hürelbaatar Ujeed inform a narrative of spiritual formation, suppression, and survival over a background that spans 3 centuries.


Often neglected in Buddhist stories, Mongolian Buddhism is an impressively self-sustaining culture whose founding lama, the 3rd Mergen Gegen, reworked Tibetan Buddhism into an genuine counterpart utilizing the Mongolian language. Drawing on fifteen years of fieldwork, Humphrey and Ujeed express how lamas have struggled to maintain Mergen Gegen’s imaginative and prescient alive via large political upheaval, and the way such upheaval has inextricably mounted politics to faith for lots of of today’s training clergymen. Exploring a number of the methods Mongolian Buddhists have tried to hyperlink the prior, current, and destiny, Humphrey and Ujeed provide a compelling research of the interaction among the person and the country, culture and history.

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