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A Case of Geluk Growth: The Career of Scholar and Yogin Shar Kalden Gyatso (1607–1677) and His Role in Propagating the Geluk School in Rebgong, Amdo

Center for Studies of Ethnic Minorities in Northwest China, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, China
Religions 2020, 11(1), 3; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11010003
Received: 20 October 2019 / Revised: 26 November 2019 / Accepted: 14 December 2019 / Published: 19 December 2019
This paper explores the life of Shar Kalden Gyatso with a focus on his contributions to the seventeenth-century development of Geluk influence in the northeastern Tibetan region of Amdo. Not only did he adopt the role of a monastic leader in founding and bolstering scholastic traditions in his home region in Amdo, but he was also an accomplished practitioner. In addition to his role as the founder of scholastic and retreat institutions in Rebgong, his close relationship with local rulers in Amdo and his non-sectarian stance toward other religious traditions fueled his charisma and increased his base of followers. Therefore, the main goal of this paper is to explore all these themes as they illustrate the career of Shar Kalden Gyatso as a central figure in the religious history of Amdo in general and the development of Geluk influence in Rebgong in particular. Meanwhile, I provide an appropriate assessment of the sectarian conversion of Rongwo Monastery, also considering the importance of Shar Kalden Gyatso’s role in institutional foundations, his network of patronage, and his religious ecumenical thought to particularly characterize his outstanding career. View Full-Text
Keywords: Shar Kalden Gyatso; Rongwo Monastery; Geluk School; Rebgong; Amdo Shar Kalden Gyatso; Rongwo Monastery; Geluk School; Rebgong; Amdo
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Dorje, R. A Case of Geluk Growth: The Career of Scholar and Yogin Shar Kalden Gyatso (1607–1677) and His Role in Propagating the Geluk School in Rebgong, Amdo. Religions 2020, 11, 3.

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