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Type: Journal article
Title: Tibetan Buddhist embodiment: The religious bodies of a deceased lama
Author: Zivkovic, T.
Citation: Body and Society, 2010; 16(2):119-142
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1357-034X
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Tanya Maria Zivkovic
Abstract: When bodies are conceived as permeable fields our physical forms become inseparable from each other and the world from which they manifest. The extension of one’s subjectivity to include cosmological divinities emphasizes the many other bodies which, in some cultural contexts, may overlap and unite with the world. In this article I explore how narratives of a Tibetan Buddhist high-lama’s death and trajectory of lives contain complex formulations of Tibetan theories of embodiment. An ethnographic attendance to biographical writings and teachings at the time of his funerary ceremonies reveals not only how trikaya, or the notion of three bodies, coheres in Tibetan conceptual frameworks, but also how the articulation of these bodies affects new ways to intersubjectively engage with the deceased.
Keywords: body
life after death
Rights: Copyright © The Author(s) 2010
DOI: 10.1177/1357034X10364770
Appears in Collections:Anthropology & Development Studies publications
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