Tibetan Reform and the Kalmyk Revival of Buddhism

  title={Tibetan Reform and the Kalmyk Revival of Buddhism},
  author={T. Sinclair},
  • T. Sinclair
  • Published 2008
  • Political Science
  • The anti-religious campaigns of the Soviet Union in the 1930s eradicated Kalmyk Buddhism from the public sphere. Following perestroika the Kalmyks retain a sense of being an essentially Buddhist people. Accordingly, the new Kalmyk government is reviving the religion with the building of temples and the attempted training of Kalmyk monks, yet monasticism is proving too alien for young post-soviets. According to traditional Kalmyk Gelug Buddhism authoritative Buddhist teachers must be monks, so… CONTINUE READING
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