AccueilThe Ganden Phrodang Army and Buddhist

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Publié le mardi 21 mars 2017 par João Fernandes

Résumé

A number of publications have addressed the question of the coexistence of Buddhism and violence, ultimately concluding that there is no paradox between the two. In various cultural and historical contexts in Asia, the presence of Buddhism as the state religion has often involved the recourse to violence and the maintenance of an army as a necessity of government. Likewise, the policies of Buddhist rulers have repeatedly invoked religious reasons to justify military activities aimed at defending the Dharma. We invite research contributions based on primary sources illustrating the role of the Tibetan Army vis-à-vis different aspects of the Buddhist religion during the historical period of the Ganden Phodrang.

Annonce

Presentation

The team of the TibArmy project (funded by the ERC) has launched the Call for Papers for the first TibArmy international symposium - The Ganden Phrodang Army and Buddhist. The conference will take place in Paris, on July 11th and 12th. The Call is open until March 30th, all information - themes and submission process - is available on the website created for the conference: www.tibarmysymp2017.sciencesconf.org

Argument

A number of publications have addressed the question of the coexistence of Buddhism and violence, ultimately concluding that there is no paradox between the two. In various cultural and historical contexts in Asia, the presence of Buddhism as the state religion has often involved the recourse to violence and the maintenance of an army as a necessity of government. Likewise, the policies of Buddhist rulers have repeatedly invoked religious reasons to justify military activities aimed at defending the Dharma.

The Tibetan government of the Dalai Lamas, the Ganden Phodrang (16421959) also maintained an army and was frequently implicated in military activities. This army has so far been little studied and is consequently poorly understood. It is now the object of research of the ERC-funded project “TibArmy” (“The Tibetan Army of the Dalai Lamas, 16421959”). This symposium is the first international gathering dedicated to the history of the Tibetan Army, and is devoted to the analysis of its existence within a regime predicated on Buddhist ideals. It aims at gathering information on the rapport between the Tibetan Army and the Buddhist religion prevalent in Tibet, whether in the form of close collaboration and support, mere reciprocal acknowledgement, or mutual interference. Moreover, it seeks to explore how Tibetan Buddhism provided a relevant framework for the development of military activities in Tibet and how the military and Buddhist spheres related to each other in discourse and practice from the 17th to the mid-20th century.

We invite research contributions based on primary sources illustrating the role of the Tibetan Army vis-à-vis different aspects of the Buddhist religion during the historical period of the Ganden Phodrang. Possible themes include, but are not limited to: Tibetan monk-soldiers; commentaries, positive or negative, by Buddhist writers on the employment, or even the existence, of the Army; evidence of the justification of its use according to Buddhist tenets; rituals and invocations of wrathful deities in support of the Army’s intervention and success; and data on possible competition between the Army and monastic institutions. The symposium especially encourages contributions on periods prior to the 20th century. Research on how Bon religious masters commented on and reacted to the institution of the Tibetan Army is also welcome.

Please note that other topics linked to the Tibetan army will be addressed in forthcoming conferences (see our website https://tibarmy.hypotheses.org/).

Submission guidelines

Applicants are invited to submit an abstract of around 300 words on this website

by 30 March 2017

for review by the organising committee.

Organizing committee

  • Alice Travers – Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre de Recherche sur les Civilisations de l’Asie Orientale
  • Federica Venturi - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre de Recherche sur les Civilisations de l’Asie Orientale

Lieux

  • Paris, France (75)

Dates

  • jeudi 30 mars 2017

Mots-clés

  • buddhism, tibet, tibetan army, military, Ganden Phodrang

Contacts

  • Florent Resche-Rigon
    courriel : florent [dot] rescherigon [at] parisgeo [dot] cnrs [dot] fr

Source de l'information

  • Florent Resche-Rigon
    courriel : florent [dot] rescherigon [at] parisgeo [dot] cnrs [dot] fr

Pour citer cette annonce

« The Ganden Phrodang Army and Buddhist », Appel à contribution, Calenda, Publié le mardi 21 mars 2017, http://calenda.org/399644