Tibetan Buddhism among Han Chinese

Mediation and Superscription of the Tibetan Tradition in Contemporary Chinese Society

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Joshua Esler
  • Minneapolis: 
    Lexington Books/Fortress Academic
    , May
     314 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


This study analyzes the growing appeal of Tibetan Buddhism among Han Chinese in contemporary China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. It examines the Tibetan tradition’s historical context and its social, cultural, and political adaptation to Chinese society, as well as the effects on Han practitioners. The author's analysis is based on fieldwork in all three locations and includes a broad range of interlocutors, such as Tibetan religious teachers, Han practitioners, and lay Tibetans. 

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Joshua Esler is lecturer and researcher in Asian studies at Sheridan College.



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