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Conference Proceedings


The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
Gangtok, Sikkim, India

is delighted to announce the publication of

Buddhist Himalaya: Studies in Religion, History and Culture. 
Proceedings of the Golden Jubilee Conference of the 
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok, 2008

Volume 1: Tibet and the Himalaya. Alex McKay and Anna Balikci-Denjongpa (eds)
344p. 28 cm. ISBN 978 81 922261 0 1

Volume II:The Sikkim Papers. Anna Balikci-Denjongpa and Alex McKay (eds) 
322p. 28 cm. ISBN 978 81 922261 1 8

Published by the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok, 2011

  Buddhist Himalaya  
  The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology in Gangtok, Sikkim (India) is delighted to announce the publication of the proceedings of the NIT Jubilee Conference held in Gangtok in 2008, which was attended by leading scholars from around 20 nations. The proceedings contain nearly 50 original articles on the religion, history and culture of the Buddhist Himalayas, with a particular emphasis on Sikkim. These volumes will be an essential work of reference for anyone with an interest in the region.  
  Copies may be ordered at the cost of Rs.1,000 per set from:
Saujanya Books, New Delhi
Rachna Bookshop, Sikkim
D.K Agencies, New Delhi
Aditya Prakashan, New Delhi
Biblia Impex, New Delhi (listed in USD incl. of airmail)

Preface and Acknowledgments
ALEX MCKAY Introduction
DAVID GERMANO Locality, Participation, and Morality in Our Academic Engagement with Tibet
KARMA PHUNTSHO  Reflections on Multidisciplinary Approach in Himalayan Studies: The Case of the Book
LUNGTAEN GYATSO Dzongkha Language: Opportunities and Challenges
YONGTEN DARGYE An Overview of Bhutanese Death Rituals and Related Practices
NGAWANG JAMTSHO A Harvest Festival from Northern Bhutan: The Aolay (A'o legs) of Laya (La yag)
AKIKO UEDA Modernity in Tradition: Implications of Changes in People’s Perspectives during the Recent Transition to Democracy in Bhutan
FRANÇOISE POMMARET & TASHI TOBGAY Bhutan’s Pervasive Phallus: Is Drukpa Kunley Really Responsible?
DZONGSAR NGARI THINGO RINPOCHE & SUSANNE VON DER HEIDE Aspects of Early Buddhist Art Development in Mustang
THERESIA HOFER Changing Representations of the Tibetan Woman Doctor Khandro Yangkar (1907-1973)
RHYDDHI CHAKRABORTY & CHHANDA CHAKRABORTI Relevance of Deep Ecology and Lotus Aphorism for Sikkim Himalayan Eco-System
RONALD M. DAVIDSON Himalayan Buddhist Valleys as Tantric Ecologies
ANDREA LOSERIES Cakrasamvara and Syncretism in the Northwestern Himalaya
HENK BLEZER It All Happened in Myi yul skyi mthing: A Crucial Nexus of Narratives Pointing at the Proto-Heartland of Bon?
DAVID HOLMBERG From Naturalization to Rationalization in Western Tamang Buddhist Practice
ROBERTO VITALI Historical and Ethnic Traits in the Mes rabs of Rig ’dzin rGod ldem can
LAXMAN S. THAKUR Rin chen bzang po’s Footsteps: Re-evaluating the Contribution of the Great Translator through Folklore and Archaeology
HILDEGARD DIEMBERGER Re-enacting Royal Ancestors: Imperial Legacies and ‘Hidden Lands’ in the Life of the Gungthang Princess Chos kyi sgron ma
PETER SCHWIEGER The Long Arm of the Fifth Dalai Lama: Influence and Power of the Fifth Dalai Lama in Southeast Tibet 
TONI HUBER Pushing South: Tibetan Economic and Political Activities in the Far Eastern Himalaya, ca. 1900-1950
PATRICK BOOZ Fear of Indian Tea and the Failure of British India to Break the Chinese Tea Monopoly in Tibet 
TODD LEWIS Sources and Sentiments in Sugata Saurabha, a Mid-Twentieth Century Narrative on the Buddha’s Life from the Kathmandu Valley
MAŁGORZATA GDOK-KLAFKOWSKA The Dream of Kanchenjonga: The Roerich Family and Himalayan Studies
KUMKUM ROY Peopled Landscapes: Pilgrims and (Sup)porters on the Kailas-Manasarovar Yatra in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Notes on Contributors


ANNA BALIKCI-DENJONGPA  Introduction Part I: The Sikkim Papers
Introduction Part II: Sikkim Studies and the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
JOHN A. ARDUSSI  Sikkim and Bhutan in the Crosscurrents of Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Tibetan History
ELLIOT SPERLING The Tangut/Mi nyag Element in the Lineage of the Sikkim Chos rgyal
SAUL MULLARD Constructing the Mandala: The State Formation of Sikkim and the Rise of a National Historical Narrative
PEMA WANGCHUK DORJEE Some Issues in the Early British Construction of Sikkimese History
SONAM B. WANGYAL A Unique Parallel
JOHN BRAY Captain Barré Latter and British Engagement with Sikkim during the 1814-1816 Nepal War
TIRTHA PRASAD MISHRA  Nepal-Sikkim Relations: The Yuklathup Episode
NAWANG TSERING SHAKSPO Similarities between Ladakh and other Himalayan States, with Particular Reference to Sikkim, ’Bras ljons, the Valley of Rice
JACKIE HILTZ “I May Be Branded as Communal but Look at Things from my Angle”: Palden Thondup Namgyal and the Preservation of the Bhutia-Lepcha Ethos in the Buddhist Kingdom of Sikkim
MARK TURIN  Results from the Linguistic Survey of Sikkim: Mother Tongues in Education
PIOTR KLAFKOWSKI Athing Joseph Rongong’s Rong/Lepcha Manuscripts: Their Description and Significance
SONAM DHONDUP TSHERING Socio-Economic Census of Sikkim: Religious Aspects
CHARISMA K. LEPCHA Bom Busty’s Subtle Route to Development
JENNY BENTLEY Ambivalence of Change: Education, Eroding Culture, and Revival among the Lepcha of Sikkim
ISRUN ENGELHARDT Praise for Sikkim from 1938: Sikkim in Original Quotes by the Ernst Schäfer Expedition
BAL GOPAL SHRESTHA Reinvention of Religion and Rituals in the Diaspora: The Temple of Svayambhu Bhimakali and its Founder Priest Suryavir Tuladhar in Sikkim, India
MANJULIKA GHOSH Buddhism and Deep Ecology
SWATI AKSHAY SACHDEVA Sikkimese Bhutia Marriage and Customs
BRIGITTE STEINMANN rNyingmapa Rituals in Sikkim and Nepal: Divining the Future, Worshiping Ancestors with ‘mdos’
MICHAEL OPPITZ Buddhist and Shamanic Drums in Sikkim and Nepal: Nga andDhyãngro
HELEEN PLAISIER Tales of Lepcha cí, the Traditional Medicine for Lightheartedness
USHA LACHUNGPA The Forgotten Drokpas of North Sikkim
SOPHIE SABATIER-BOURDET Le Système de Production Agro-Pastoral de Lachen Face à de Nouvelles Contraintes
Notes on Contributors