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Title: The Earth as a Treasure in Tibetan Buddhism: Visionary Revelation and its Interactions with the Environment
Authors: Terrone, Antonio
Contributors: 宗教所
Keywords: China;Dechen Osel Dorje;environment;mountain deities' cult;religious life and customs;sacred place;Tibet;Tibetan Buddhism;visionary revelation
Date: 2014-12
Issue Date: 2015-09-14 15:43:41 (UTC+8)
Abstract: In this article I examine conceptions of the environment in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of Treasure revelation that I propose are founded upon systems of exchange and relationality. Tibetan religious specialists known as Treasure revealers do not simply remove a Treasure from its place; they often leave a 'replacement Treasure' intended to appease both the local protective deity believed to be in charge of guarding the Buddhist Treasure and nourishing the local environment. I demonstrate that the logic of Treasure revelation is based on forming an interdependent exchange between humans and the land they inhabit. The source of the Treasure becomes a place deserving respect, protection, and devotion on both religious and ecological levels. I call this phenomenon 'the ecology of revelation', and I maintain that this is a fundamental socio-religious ethic characterized by respect for the environment and awareness of humans' connection to it.
Relation: Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature & Culture, 8(4), 460-482
Data Type: article
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