Sources of Mongolian Buddhism

ISBN : 9780190900694

Vesna A. Wallace
544 ページ
156 x 156 mm
  • Features original Mongolian Buddhist texts never before translated into English
  • Introduces a fresh approach to understanding Tibeto-Mongolian Buddhism through primary sources
  • Offers literature from the seventeenth century to the present

Despite Mongolia's centrality to East Asian history and culture, Mongols themselves have often been seen as passive subjects on the edge of the Qing formation or as obedient followers of so-called "Tibetan Buddhism," peripheral to major literary, religious, and political developments. But in fact Mongolian Buddhists produced multi-lingual and genre-bending scholastic and ritual works that profoundly shaped historical consciousness, community identification, religious knowledge, and practices in Mongolian lands and beyond. In Sources of Mongolian Buddhism, a team of leading Mongolian scholars and authors have compiled a collection of original Mongolian Buddhist works--including ritual texts, poetic prayers and eulogies, legends, inscriptions, and poems--for the first time in any European language.


Notes on Transliteration

Vesna Wallace

Part I: Two Early Seventeenth-Century Texts

The Stone Inscription of Covtu Taiji
Brian Bauman

Siregetü Güüsi Corji's Treatise Containing the Complete Meanings of the Most Important [Doctrinal Concepts] to be Used
Agata Bareja-Starzynska

Part II: Autobiography and Biography

The Autobiography of the First Khalkha Zaya Pandita Lobsang Trinley
Sangseraima Ujeed

Zava Damdin's Beautifying Ornament for the Mind of the Faithful: A Praise-Biography of my Root Lama Vajradhara, He Who Possesses the Three Types of Kindness, the Great Madapandita Endowed with Excellent Discipline and Learning Named "Sanjaa"
Matthew W. King

Part III: Buddhist Teachings

A Trilogy of Ngawang Palden and Sherüb Tendar
Erdenebaatar Erdene-Ochir

Miscellaneous Writings of Caqar Gebsi Luvsancültem
Matthew W. King

Teachings of the Pious Fat Pandita Tsevelvaanchigdorji
Vesna A. Wallace

Mergen Gegeen's Didactic Poetry
Uranchimeg Ujeed

Part IV: Buddhist Didactic Poetry

Buddhist Literature of Danzan Ravjaa
Simon Wickham-Smith

Part V: Buddhist Ritual Texts

Khalkha Zaya Pandita's Smoke Offering Rituals to the Khangai Mountain Range
Krisztina Teleki

Ritual Texts of Mergeen Gegeen
Uranchimeg Ujeed

Ritual Texts of Prosperity and Purification
Vesna A. Wallace

Ritual Texts Dedicated to the White Old Man with Examples from the Classical Mongolian and Oirat (Clear Script) Textual Corpora
Birtalan Ágnes

Incense Offering to the Lord Chinggis Khan
Matthew W. King

Caqar Gebsi Luvsancultem's Offering Ritual to the Fire Goddess
Batsaikhan Norov and Batchimeg Ushkhbayar

Three Ritual Prayers by Ondor Gegeen Zanabazar
Zsuzsa Mayer

Part VI: Buddhist Oral Literature of the Eighteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

The Legend of Mother Tara the Green
Brian Baumann

Oral Historical Narratives from the Early Twentieth Century
Adrienne Gecse

Part VII: Tradition in Transition: The Twentieth-Century Writings

Zava Damdin's "A 1931 Survey of Mongolian Monastic Colleges"
Matthew W. King

Agwan Dorjiev's Questions about the Past and Future of Mongolian Buddhism
Matthew W. King

The Internal Regulations of Gandan Monastery in Ulaanbaatar
Uranchimeg Tsultemin

Agvaanyam's "The Origin of Human Beings and the Holy Dharma Kings and Ministers in Mongol Lands," from The History of the Dharma, The Lamp of Scriptures and Reasoning
Matthew W. King

Literary Treatments of Buddhism in the Period of Transition
Simon Wickham-Smith

Part VIII: Contemporary Buddhist Writings

Contemporary Buddhist Poetry and Fiction
Simon Wickham-Smith



Vesna A. Wallace is Professor of South Asian Religions and Inner Asian Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California in Santa Barbara. She has authored and translated four books on Indian Buddhism. Her most recent book is an edited volume on Mongolian Buddhism titled Buddhism in Mongolian Culture, History, and Society.


Agata Bareja-Starzynska Faculty of Oriental Studies, Department of Turkish Studies and Inner Asian Peoples, University of Warsaw

Usukhbayar Batchimeg Researcher, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford

Norov Batsaikhan Former Lecturer, Health Sciences, University of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar

Brian Baumann Lecturer, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley

Agnes Birtalan Chair of the Department of Inner Asian Studies and Deputy Director of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Erdenebaatar Erdene-Ochir PhD Candidate, Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Adrien Gesce Program Coordinator, The Jane Goodall Institute

Matthew W. King Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Riverside

Zsuzsa Majer Research Fellow, Department of Mongolian and Inner-Asian Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Simon Wickham Smith Lecturer, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, Rutgers University

Krisztina Teleki Research Fellow, Department of Mongol and Inner Asian Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Uranchimeg Tsultemin Co-Chair of the Mongolia Initiative at the Institute of Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Executive Director of the Mongolia Foundation in Berkeley

Sangseraima Ujeed Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Uranchimeg Birjigin Ujeed Researcher, Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit, University of Cambridge

Vesna A. Wallace Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara