Buddhism and Tales of the Supernatural in Early Medieval China

The Youming lu is a work that demonstrates Buddhist influence as it began to appear in Chinese narrative on a relatively large scale.

Buddhism and Tales of the Supernatural in Early Medieval ChinaA Study of Liu Yiqing’s (403–444) Youming lu

Zhenjun Zhang

This book demonstrates the historical changes in early medieval China as seen in the tales of the supernatural—thematic transformation from traditional demonic retribution to Karmic retribution, from indigenous Chinese netherworld to Buddhist concepts of hell, and from the traditional Chinese saviour to a new saviour, Buddha. It also examines Buddhist imagery and the flourish of new motifs in the fantastic dreamworld and their relationship with Buddhism. This study relates the Youming lu to the development of popular Chinese Buddhist beliefs, attempting to single out ideas that differ from the beliefs found in Buddhist scriptures as well as miraculous tales written especially to promote Buddhism Continue reading “Buddhism and Tales of the Supernatural in Early Medieval China”

The Thirteenth Dalai Lama on the Run (1904-1906)

The Thirteenth Dalai Lama fled from the British invasion of Tibet to Mongolia in search of support from Russia. Although the mission failed, his extended sojourn in Mongolia marked the beginning of political modernity in both Mongolia and Tibet. The Thirteenth Dalai Lama on the Run is a facsimile collection comprising 150 hitherto unpublished archival documents from Mongolia about this historical episode…

Archival Documents from Mongolia

Cover image of Thirteenth Dalai Lama on the RunEdited by Sampildondov Chuluun, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, and Uradyn E. Bulag, University of Cambridge

The Thirteenth Dalai Lama on the Run (1904-1906) is a facsmile collection comprising over 900 original archival documents from Mongolia relating to the Thirteenth Dalai Lama’s exile in Mongolia in the aftermath of the British invasion of Tibet in 1904.

ISBN13: 9789004254541, E-ISBN: 9789004254558
Publication Date: June 2013, Hardback, BRILL

The Thirteenth Dalai Lama fled from the British invasion of Tibet to Mongolia in search of support from Russia. Although the mission failed, his extended sojourn in Mongolia marked the beginning of political modernity in both Mongolia and Tibet. The Thirteenth Dalai Lama on the Run is a facsimile collection comprising 150 hitherto unpublished archival documents from Mongolia about this historical episode. Written in Mongolian, Manchu and Chinese, the documents concern the operation of the Mongol princes in hosting the Dalai Lama in Mongolia and the attempts made by the Qing frontier officials to remove him from Mongolia back to Tibet. Details of his extensive travels within the country, the associated elaborate ritual activities and the great financial costs incurred which were borne by the Mongols, come to light for the first time in this publication. Continue reading “The Thirteenth Dalai Lama on the Run (1904-1906)”