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A Monastery in TimeThe Making of Mongolian Buddhism$
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Caroline Humphrey and Hurelbaatar Ujeed

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226031873

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226032061.001.0001

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Dispersion and Creation

Dispersion and Creation

(p.363) Epilogue Dispersion and Creation
A Monastery in Time

Caroline Humphrey

Hürelbaatar Ujeed

University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents examples to illustrate how processes that first appear to be dispersion and disintegration can also be seen, from a wider vantage point, as expansion and renewal. Such is the case with Dalantai's Mahakala. Dalantai, a well-educated and urban person, is the current keeper of the Mahakala's heart stone. The chapter describes the genealogy of this stone, showing how it journeyed across countries, monasteries, and the lay-lama divide. Its power both accreted people to it like a magnet and also acted like a negative charge, causing people to shun it.

Keywords:   Mongolian Buddhism, Buddhists, monks, Dalantai, Mahakala, heart stone

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