Twin sprul sku: A Case Study of Gyayag Rinpoche from Kumbum



Year of publication 2017
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The contribution is focused on rare phenomenon of twin sprul sku (i. e. duplication of Bodhisattvas or reincarnations) demonstrated on the fate of Bidia D. Dandaron (1914–1974), a Buryat Buddhist scholar and Tibetan Lama Gyayag Rinpoche from Kumbum. In the 1930s, all monasteries in the region were closed down, a part of monks were executed, a part imprisoned and the rest had to disrobe. In the mid-1960s, during the period of the first criticism of Stalin’s cult, a small, nevertheless important Buddhist community originated in Ulan-Ude. An unofficial or clandestine micro-sangha formed around Bidia D. Dandaron, which existed until 1972, the year of Dandaron’s imprisonment. Subsequently he was sentenced to five years in the gulag. The origination of a new form of Buddhism within the traditional Buryat sangha dates back to the middle of the 20th century. After World War II, the so-called first restoration emerges, consisting in the effort to rescue religious life following a decade of reprisals.

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