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Buddhadharma : Summer 2009
79 summer 2 00 9 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly Once this transfer occurred, there was no problem in duplicating locations where they could be found, and eventually four different Devikotas were discovered in Tibet by four different lineages. The intentions for such inventions, according to Huber, ranged from hyperbole that served to glorify a Tibetan holy place to the proclamation of a direct lineage con- nection to the place stretching back into mother India. For example, the Jokhang temple in Lhasa is called the seat of the Buddha because the sacred statue there was said to originally reside in the Maha- bodhi temple in Bodhgaya. Tibet’s ancestral connection with India has been an important factor for Tibetan refugees in exile, according to Huber. Throughout the diaspora, the Dalai Lama and his people turned to India for political support, spiritual succor, and asylum. As the government- in-exile was established, His Holiness articulated deep affection for India as the mother while Tibetans colonized the ancestral pilgrimage sites. Yet the refu- gee experience has exposed ambivalence within idealized India. Diaspora Tibetans have a laundry list of perceived dangers and discomforts, not the least of which is being stateless refugees. “Life in India is tolerated as an unfortunate and tem- porary necessity,” Huber writes. Tibet- ans have no intention of assimilating. Huber’s sophisticated and nuanced “study of India as a Tibetan place” is fascinating, beginning to end. Unlike some Western scholars who have used a critical, reductionist eye in interpreting Tibetan experience, Huber appreciates both perspectives, juxtaposing them in a way that illuminates them equally. Oddly, however, Huber follows the practice of many scholars by ignoring the work of nonacademic translators, a decision that weakens his book. Nevertheless, his com- pelling history of Tibetan perceptions of India and encounters with it highlights their national nostalgia, fascination, and disappointment, refreshingly cast- ing Tibetans as subjects rather than the objects we so often take them to be. Reviews Zen Mountain Monastery one month residential program An Introduction to Zen and the Eight Gates of Training Abbot John Daido Loori Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Resident Priest Join us throughout the year for month-long training intensives in a monastic and lay residential community in New York’s Catskill Mountains. Rigorous training in zazen, teacher-student relationship, academic study, liturgy, the Buddhist precepts, work practice, art practice and body practice. The month culminates with a week-long silent retreat. 845.688 .2228 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mro.org Mountains and Rivers Order of zeN BuddhisM Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive po box 356 • weston, ma 02493 info@LamaYeshe.com www. LamaYeshe.com The Heart of the Path Seeing the Guru as Buddha $20 + s&H NEWBOOKfrOmLYWA