Negotiating Modernity: Buddhism in Tibet and China

  • Powers, Chester (John) (Primary Investigator)
  • Garfield, Jay (Co-Investigator)
  • Makeham, John (Co-Investigator)

    Project Details


    Asian and European engagements with modernity often reflect significant differences. European modernities tend to reject an ancient past; Asian modernities often reappropriate and selectively reinterpret the past as a basis for culturally continuous intellectual frameworks. We compare two related instances of this phenomenon: the Tibetan and the Chinese appropriation of Indian Yogācāra Buddhism as the basis for a revival of Buddhist thought and practice in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We will examine whether there are direct influences between Tibetan and Chinese scholars during this time, given the striking similarities between these simultaneous movements.
    Effective start/end date1/01/1131/12/14


    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$540,000.00


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