[Buddha-l] FYI--book on _Mongolian Buddhism: The Rise and Fall of the Sangha_

jkirk jkirk at spro.net
Wed Jan 30 10:56:04 MST 2008


January 30, 2008

Member publication: Michael Jerryson, _Mongolian Buddhism: The Rise and Fall
of the Sangha_ (new American edition)

From: Michael Jerryson <mjerryson at fastmail.fm>

May I introduce my new publication _Mongolian Buddhism: The Rise and Fall of
the Sangha_  which was originally published by Silkworm Books and which is
now being released in the United States through the University of Washington

by Michael K. Jerryson

First paperback edition 2007 by Silkworm Books. Released through University
of Washington Press in the United States.
ISBN 978-974-9511-26-8

This is the first book to explore the development of Mongolia's state
religion, from its formation in the thirteenth century around the time of
Chinggis Qaan (aka Genghis Khan) until its demise in the twentieth century
under the Soviet Union. The focal point is the religious genocide in
Mongolia during its years as a Soviet satellite under the iron fist of
Joseph Stalin.

The significance of this massacre goes well beyond the confines of religion.
Until its downfall, Mongolian Buddhism had served as a scientific,
political, and medical resource for the Mongolian people.
During the 1930s, Mongolian Buddhist monasticism, the caretaker of these
resources, was methodically and systematically demolished. Lamas were forced
to apostatize, and either enslaved or executed. Now, after the fall of the
Soviet Union, Mongolian Buddhism has reemerged in a country that has yet to
fully confront its bloody past.

Through historical analysis that employs Tibetan, Chinese, and Russian
accounts of history, the author offers a much-needed religio-political
perspective on the ebb and flow of Buddhism and the Sangha in Mongolia, on
the Asian periphery.
with warm regards,

Michael Jerryson
University of California, Santa Barbara
mjerryson at gmail.com
   Michael Jerryson
   Dept. Religious Studies
   UC - Santa Barbara

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