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The Confucius Institute Talks: Tibetan Buddhism in contemporary China

19 Apr 2013

Talk by Jane Caple (University of Leeds) on Wednesday, 24 April (1-2pm), in Kanaris Theatre, Manchester Museum.

Understandings of contemporary Tibetan religion and society have largely been framed in relation to the Chinese state and the 'Tibet Question', or have been shaped by popular representations of Tibet as otherworldly, spiritual and magical.

What we do not hear so much about are the day-to-day practical and moral concerns of ordinary Tibetans who are trying to get by and do things that are important to them in a world that is fast changing.

In her work on the revival and development of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in post-Mao China, Jane Caple has learnt that the stories, opinions and practices of ordinary people can teach us a great deal about the complex and rapidly changing social and moral landscape of Tibetan communities living in the PRC. Paying attention to this can reveal aspects that remain hidden when 'Tibet' is viewed through a political and/or romantic perspective.

This talk will introduce some of the social aspects of the post-Mao Tibetan Buddhist revival, focusing on challenges and dilemmas that monks have faced as they have attempted to revive and develop their monasteries within the rapidly changing social and economic contexts of the reform period.

The Confucius Institute public talks are free and open to all. There is no need to book, just come along on the day.

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