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Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism: The Third Karmapa and the Invention of a Tradition

Ruth Gamble


Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism examines how the third Karmapa hierarch, Rangjung Dorjé (1284–1339) transformed Buddhist belief about reincarnation into a Tibetan institution based on lineage. It surveys his life through the portal of his previously untranslated autobiographical stories and songs, which reveal the rudiments of the reincarnation tradition. They include Rangjung Dorjé’s synthesis of the first three Karmapas’ biographies and past-life stories (jātaka), upon which the later tradition was reliant. An analysis of these works shows how they used different strategies to authorize th ... More

Keywords: Tibet, Tibetan Buddhism, reincarnation, Karmapa, Kagyü, sacred sites

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190690779
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190690779.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth Gamble, author
David Myers Research Fellow, La Trobe University