NEW BOOK> The Hybridity of Buddhism

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Dear All,

I am pleased to announce the publication of the following volume:

The Hybridity of Buddhism: Contemporary Encounters between Tibetan and Chinese Traditions in Taiwan and the Mainland,
edited by Fabienne Jagou (Paris, EFEO 2018).

18.5x27.5 cm, 236 p., Ill., English
ISBN 978 2 85539 149 6 - 40€


The articles published in this volume are the result of a three-year project entitled “Practices of Tibetan Buddhism in Taiwan” (2012–2015), funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchanges. In an attempt to contribute to the field of the studies on the globalization of religions, this volume adopts the concept of hybridity as the principal model of investigation of the continuities and ruptures in the practices of Tibetan Buddhism, both on a global level and in interaction with the local religious traditions of Taiwanese and Chinese societies. Hybridity helps cultural traditions (the religious and material Tibetan ones) to recruit new adherents (mostly Han) and to be recognized locally, regionally, and globally, as new forms of distinct religiosity emerge. The volume focuses on the agencies at the origin of these hybridities, i.e. the Chinese, Taiwanese or Tibetan masters involved, and examines the strategies they employ in order to position themselves as legitimate masters of Tibetan Buddhism.


Table of contents

Fabienne Jagou

Le bouddhisme tibétain à Taïwan : observations sociologiques préliminaires
Cécile Campergue

Tibetan Buddhist Temples in Taiwan: An Exploration of Transnational Religious Architecture
Sarah E. Fraser

Tibetan Relics in Taiwan: A Link between Past, Present, and Future
Fabienne Jagou

Reformulating the Appropriated and Relinking the Chain: Challenges of Lineage and Legitimacy in Zhenyan Revivalism
Cody R. Bahir

Teaching Tibetan Buddhism in Chinese on behalf of Mañjuśrī: “Great Perfection” (dzokchen / dayuanman 大圓滿) and Related Tantric Practices among Han Chinese and Taiwanese Believers in Sertar and Beyond
Ester Bianchi

The Contemporary Revival of the Barom Kagyü School in Kham
Magdalena Maria Turek

Spirit-Possession: Identities of a Master and the Rise of a Karma Kagyü Monastery in Taiwan
Huang Ying-chieh

The Academic Contributions of Ouyang Wuwei Lama (1913–1991): A Disciple’s Testimony
Hsiao Chin-sung



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The book is available through the publisher’s website:


Yours sincerely,
M. Maria Turek
University of Bonn