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Śambhala Related Discourses and Rituals in Mongolian Buddhism - Lecture by Prof. Vesna Wallace
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Date: 22 May 2017 (Monday)
Time: 7-9 pm
Venue: CPD 3.04, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam

Mongolian rhetorical and ritual strategies of promoting the legends of Śambhala and eschatological war and preparing various guides to Śambhala proliferated in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when the established cultural norms, model of government, social order, and Buddhist tradition were perceived to be under a threat. The yearning for an escape from the troubling times and for a Buddhist, utopian society of Śambhala became particularly pronounced in the early decades of the twentieth century, which were characterized by the percolation of new, scientific knowledge from Europe and changing political conditions. This was also the time when a considerable number of ritual texts and prayers pertaining to rebirth in utopian Śambhala emerged, which once again are put in practice in contemporary Mongolia.

About the speaker
Vesna A. Wallace is a Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California in Santa Barbara. Her two areas of specialization are Indian Buddhism, particularly Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna traditions, and Mongolian Buddhism. She has authored and translated four books related to Indian Buddhism, three of which pertain to the Kālacakra tantric tradition in India, and has published numerous articles on Indian and Mongolian Buddhism. She has also brought to press an edited volume on Mongolian Buddhism, titled Buddhism in Mongolian Culture, History, and Society and is currently conducting a research in two areas: the interplay between texts, images, and rituals in Mongolian Buddhism and a history of the six-phased yoga in India.

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Date/Time22/05/2017 19:00-21:00
VenueCPD3.04, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, HK

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