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Buddha's Truthful Heirs? Indo-Tibetan Relations in Tibetan Polemical Discourse

Buddha's Truthful Heirs? Indo-Tibetan Relations in Tibetan Polemical Discourse
UTSC AA 160, transportation provided
Time: Dec 12th, 5:00 pm End: Dec 12th, 7:00 pm
Interest Categories: South Asian, Religion, Study of (FAS), Political Science, Human Geography (UTSC), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), English (UTSC), East Asian Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Anthropology (UTSC), 2000-, 1950-2000
Lecture by Markus Viehbeck, Heidelberg University

The UTSC Department of Historical and Cultural Studies is pleased to present a lecture in the Tung Lin Kok Yuen Perspectives on Buddhist Thought and Culture Series:

Dr. Markus Viehbeck, Assistant Professor at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” Heidelberg University

Buddha's Truthful Heirs? Indo-Tibetan Relations in Tibetan Polemical Discourse


Markus Viehbeck researches and teaches on transcultural aspects in Buddhism. Dr. Viehbeck will explore a major controversy among two influential Tibetan intellectuals in the 19th century that revolved around the correct interpretation of an important Indian Buddhist text. While Tibetan Buddhism shows manifold cultural influences, the Indian tradition occupies a particularly significant position. It served as a source of general cultural knowledge, but also as a concrete authority for specific Buddhist teachings, via texts translated into Tibetan. Aligning oneself with a specific Indian Buddhist text could provide a Tibetan scholar authority to one’s own scholastic elaborations. At the same time, such texts provided an inexhaustible source for controversial discussion. How then did Tibetan scholars relate to the Indian tradition in such discussions? How can their creative contribution to Buddhist thought be reconciled with the master narrative that often depicts Tibetan scholars as passive protectors of original teachings?

This event is free and open to the public.  An RSVP is requested to ensure seating.  You may also request free transportation (if needed) from the St. George campus to the University of Toronto Scarborough campus.  Please write to tlky-hcs@utsc.utoronto.ca and indicate whether you will need transportation by 6 December 2013.

For further information about this event, please contact the UTSC Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at (416) 287-7122 or tlky-hcs@utsc.utoronto.ca.

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