The University of Toronto/McMaster University Numata Buddhist Studies Program presents
“Conventional Truth and Symbolic Terms in Saraha’s Adamantine Songs”
Dr. Lara Braitstein, McGill University
Lecture: Thursday, January 26, 4-6 pm, University Hall 122, McMaster University
“Rdo ring pa’s Rnam thar and the Limits of Reading History from Autobiography”
University of Toronto Reading Group Session
Friday, January 27, 3-5 pm, Jackman Humanities Building, Room 318, 170 St George Street, University of Toronto
ABSTRACT: The Shamarpas (zhva dmar pa), or Red Hat Lamas, are the second-oldest reincarnate lineage in Tibet and among the highest ranked hierarchs of the Kagyu School. In earlier times, the Shamarpas were renowned for their contributions to poetry, philosophy, political mediation, and for the establishment and maintenance of monasteries. The events surrounding the life of the 10th Shamarpa, Chodrup Gyatso (1742-1792) mark a dramatic shift in that perception, one that led to a 171-year long ban on his reincarnation. This paper studies the life and death of this now infamous figure from Tibet’s past in light of the diary of the 18th century Tibetan politician Tenzin Peljor Doringpa (bstan ‘dzin dpal ‘byor rdo ring pa), suggests that there are many ways to interpret the life and death of this renegade Rinpoche, and much to be learned from how his story has been remembered.
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