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A Monastery in Time: The Making of Mongolian Buddhism

Caroline Humphrey and Hurelbaatar Ujeed


This book describes the life of a Mongolian Buddhist monastery—the Mergen Monastery in Inner Mongolia—from inside its walls. From the Qing occupation of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries through the Cultural Revolution, the book tells a story of religious formation, suppression, and survival over a history that spans three centuries. Often overlooked in Buddhist studies, Mongolian Buddhism is an impressively self-sustaining tradition whose founding lama, the Third Mergen Gegen, transformed Tibetan Buddhism into an authentic counterpart using the Mongolian language. Drawing on fifteen yea ... More

Keywords: Mongolian Buddhism, Mergen Monastery, Inner Mongolia, Qing occupation, Cultural Revolution, religious formation, self-sustaining tradition, lama, Third Mergen Gegen, Tibetan Buddhism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226031873
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226032061.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caroline Humphrey, author

Hurelbaatar Ujeed, author