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Luminous BlissA Religious History of Pure Land Literature in Tibet$
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Georgios T. Halkias

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835903

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835903.001.0001

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From Sukhāvatī to Tibet and Back

From Sukhāvatī to Tibet and Back

(p.187) Epilogue From Sukhāvatī to Tibet and Back
Luminous Bliss

Georgios T. Halkias

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter provides two registers relevant to the religious history of Tibetan Pure Land Buddhism. The first is generic in that it reflects the growth and success of Mahāyāna traditions beyond India, in part due to their emphasis on ecumenical discourses of salvation, a proliferation of ritual practices, and their inclusive communities of lay followers and monastics. The second register, more specific to place and time, refers to conditions and developments unique to Tibet. For example, Central Tibet in the eighth and ninth centuries witnessed the gradual displacement of ancient mortuary rites and beliefs in divine kingship by Buddhist conceptions of the afterlife and reincarnation.

Keywords:   Pure Land Buddhism, Mahāyāna traditions, Tibet, Central Tibet, divine kingship, Buddhist conceptions, afterlife, reincarnation

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