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Matthew Kapstein
University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$24,000 (approved)
$24,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2006 – 12/31/2006

Visions, Dreams, and Apocrypha in a Tibetan Buddhist Tradition

The present project will bring to completion a detailed study, accompanied by annotated translations of pertinent primary texts, of the origins and development of the spiritual tradition of Shang, a Tibetan esoteric Buddhist school. The work addresses several key issues in the contemporary history and philosophy of religions, including: the role of apocryphal scriptural production in the formation of new traditions; the construction of historical frameworks serving to rationalize religious systems; the doctrinal and practical elaboration of programs of spiritual exercisel; and the role of cultivated adepts in the establishment of new centers of religious authority.