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Free talk on Tibetan Buddhism – The Confucius Institute

April 17, 2013

Manchester Museum has been hosting the Confucius Institute Talks since the British Museum Journey to the East exhibition held in the Museum. All are very welcome to this event next Wednesday.

The Confucius Institute Talks

Tibetan Buddhism in contemporary China

Jane Caple (University of Leeds)

Wednesday 24 April, 1pm – 2pm, Kanaris Theatre, Manchester Museum, Oxford Road

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 my work on the revival and development of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in post-Mao China, I have 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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