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Early Buddhism in Tibet: Some Anthropological Perspectives
Soundings in Tibetan Civilization: Proceedings of the 1982 Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies Held at Columbia University
Format: Conference Paper
Publication Year: 1985
Publisher: Manohar Publications
Place of Publication: New Dehli
Pages: 383-397
Sources ID: 123094
Visibility: Public (group default)
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The article classifies two complementary orientations in early Buddhism. The first, labeled as shamanic, is characteristic of small-scale preliterate societies and is aimed at attaining Buddhahood. The other, which the text calls clerical, is common in more centralized states and is concerned more with describing and analyzing the attainment of Buddhahood. (Mark Premo-Hopkins 2004-03-23)

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International Association of Tibetan Studies