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Envisioning a Tibetan Luminary: The Life of a Modern Bönpo Saint

William M. Gorvine


The book examines the religious biography of Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen (1859–1934), the most significant modern figure representing the Tibetan Bön religion, a vital minority tradition underrepresented in Tibetan studies. The work is based on periods of fieldwork conducted in eastern Tibet and in the Bön community in India, where traditional Tibetan scholars collaborated closely on the project. Utilizing close readings of two versions of Shardza’s life-story, along with oral history collected in Bön communities, the book presents and interprets the biographical image of this major figure, culmina ... More

Keywords: Tibet, Bön religion, Namtar, religious biography, hagiography, Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen, Tibetan Buddhism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199362349
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199362349.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William M. Gorvine, author
Associate Professor, Hendrix College