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Discipline and Debate: The Language of Violence in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery

Michael Lempert


The Dalai Lama has represented Buddhism as a religion of non-violence, compassion, and world peace, but this does not reflect how monks learn their vocation. This book shows how monasteries use harsh methods to make monks of men, and how this tradition is changing as modernist reformers—like the Dalai Lama—adopt liberal and democratic ideals, such as natural rights and individual autonomy. With this in-depth account of disciplinary practices at a Tibetan monastery in India, the book looks closely at everyday education rites—from debate to reprimand and corporal punishment. This analysis explor ... More

Keywords: Dalai Lama, Buddhism, monks, monasteries, Tibet, Tibetans, India, liberalism, discipline, debate

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520269460
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520269460.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Lempert, author