Publication Date

April 2014

Advisor(s)

Peter Gottschalk

Major

Religion

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This thesis thematically explores how three Tibetan Buddhist teachers imagine a Tibetan Buddhist tradition for their American convert communities via interpretation of resources; this process claims authority for teachers, resources, and the tradition. Twenty-first century Tibetan Buddhist lineage holders in the United States contend with texts, places, and pasts to construct the appearance, paradoxically, of a tradition that transcends these particular resources.

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