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Light of Kailash Lecture 11: Padmasambhava: The Second Buddha with Lewis Doney

Light of Kailash Lecture #11: Padmasambhava: The Second Buddha

Guest Lecturer: Lewis Doney PhD

10:30am UK time on March 23rd

The Indian Buddhist master, Padmasambhava, is one of the foremost culture heroes of Tibetan literature. He is remembered to have helped convert Tibet to Buddhism in the eighth century, and his life-story has thus exerted a huge influence on later Tibetan ritual, mythology, lineage, art, songs and dances. This talk will discuss the continuity of his representation from the earliest appearances in Tibetan historiographical literature to the later narratives and paintings popular throughout Tibet. It will also identify the cultural background to the transformation of his image into that of a “second Buddha,” more important or powerful than the historical Buddha to some Tibetans. This presentation should help contextualise these works of art and literature and the importance they have had for many Tibetans in premodern times.

Doney, Lewis is Professor of Tibetan Studies at the University of Bonn. He received his PhD (Study of Religions) from SOAS, University of London, in 2011 with a focus on early Tibetan life writing, empire and religion, Tibetan relations with South Asia and their impact on southern Tibetan and Himalayan Buddhist historiography and ritual. His publications include a monograph titled The Zangs gling ma: The First Padmasambhava Biography (International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, 2014) and the edited volume, Bringing Buddhism to Tibet: History and Narrative in the dBa’ bzhed Manuscript (De Gruyter, 2021).