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Marlene Erschbamer

Marlene Erschbamer

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Emphasis in Research: - The Barawa Kagyu ('Ba' ra ba bKa' brgyud pa), offshoot of the Drukpa Kagyu ('Brug pa bKa' brgyud pa) - Sikkim Studies - Religious geography and Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the Himalaya - Intersection of religion, nature, and culture within the Tibetan Cultural Area
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October 2016 - present
Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
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Publications (11)
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Mountains are highly sensitive to climate change. Their elevated areas provide essential ecosystem services both for the surrounding mountainous regions and particularly for adjacent lowlands. Impacts of a warmer climate affect these services and have negative consequences on the supply of water, on biodiversity and on protection from natural hazar...
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The focus of the present study lies on Tibetan masters who travelled to North Sikkim and highly criticised practices such as animal sacrifice. Thus the aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between Tibetan masters and local Sikkimese communities through examples of encounters that took place in Northern Sikkim during the 17th, 18th a...
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The student-teacher relationship is important in Buddhism, main teachers being called spiritual teacher or spiritual father. Such a spiritual father serves as a good example for one’s own spiritual path, passes on teachings, and provides the student with further guidance, explanations, and helpful advices. Zurpukpa Rinchen Pelzang (Zur phug pa Rin...
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In Tibetan Buddhism still little is known about the lives and impacts of women, even though they surely influenced Tibetan society. This paper intends to provide some preliminary remarks on the historical role played by two sisters of the ruler Pho lha nas Bsod nams stobs rgyal (1689–1747), namely Padma chos ’dzin and Padma chos ’dzoms (d .1748), w...
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This paper focuses on how the invasions of the Gorkhas (18th century), and particularly their violent aspects, were viewed by two Barawa masters who lived close to the borders of Nepal, Tibet and Sikkim. Since their monasteries, family homes and very lives were affected by the events of those years, they included some of their observations in their...
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During the 14th century, a new subbranch of the ‘Brug-pa appeared: the ‘Ba‘-ra-ba bKa‘- brgyud-pa. Several texts belonging to this tradition, such as collected writings (bka‘ ‘bum), hagiographies (rnam thar), and spiritual songs (mgur), are preserved but these texts did not gain a lot of attention so far. The aim of this book is to shed further lig...
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The aim of this study is to show the significance of the monastery bKa' brgyud dgon gsar as a meeting and resting place for masters of the 'Ba' ra ba tradition on their way from Tibet to Bhutan and Sikkim. Additionally, I will give some accounts of western explorers, mountaineers, and seekers, who visited this monastery in the course of their journ...
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This paper focuses on monastic structures in the Lachen valley situated in Northern Sikkim (India). The inhabitants of this valley had close ties with Tibet in religious, political, and economic aspects. By looking closer to the heterogeneity in perceptions of the same area, various aspects are examined that give a more complete picture of the Lach...
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The aim of this paper is to illustrate the connection of the 'Ba' ra ba bKa' brgyud pa school with Sikkim. Up to now, the 'Ba' ra ba bKa' brgyud pa has not received a lot of attention although their teachings and traditions have been upheld since the fourteenth century. First, a short introduction to this school will be given. Second, it will be sh...

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The project shall preserve and spread teachings, knowledge and history of the Barawa Kagyüpa ('Ba' ra ba bKa' brgyud pa), a less studied Buddhist tradition that has been kept alive in Tibet and across the Himalayas since the fourteenth century.
Archived project
Once an independent Buddhist kingdom, Sikkim is now part of India, lying in the north-east of the country, nestled between Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. Villages in the north of Sikkim, such as Chungthang, Lachen, and Lachung, lie on ancient trade routes that were used by Tibetan masters but also by European travelers. The aim of this project is to analyse travel accounts of Tibetan masters who described the very north of Sikkim from historical, cultural, and religious points of view in their travelogues. Furthermore, these descriptions are compared with those of European explorers who came to this remote area. By analysing the heterogeneity in the Tibetan and Western perception of the same area, an unresearched facet of Sikkimese Studies will be examined.
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