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Practice, Conflict and Imagining Tibet in the West

This day will focus on Tibet. The lecture will present an overview of Tibet's history and introduce the religious practises, lineages and schools that developed. In a second part it will focus on the interplay of religion and politics, illustrating the dilemmas and challenges Buddhism faced in medieval and modern Tibet.

Jim Rheingans

Jim Rheingans (M.A.) is about to complete a fully-funded PhD in Religious Studies on 'The Life and Great Seal



Interpretation of the Eighth Karmapa' at Bath Spa University, where he has also taught on Indian Religions and Buddhism on BA and postgraduate level. He is conducting postdoctoral research in a related area. He holds an MA in Tibetan Studies from Hamburg University (with Classical Indology and Cultural Anthropology) and has taught Tibetan language courses on various levels.

Apart from a general enthusiasm about the classical and modern Tibetan languages, his research interests include Tibetan Buddhism and history, genres of religious and Buddhist literature and the Indo-Tibetan Great Seal traditions.



Day 2
Focus on Tibet and its Religions

Examining these issues is essential for understanding how Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism was and is received and imagined in the West.