Education for Experience: One View of Tibetan Tantric Initiation

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  • The ethnographic treatment of "rites de Passage" is discussed with reference to
    material relating to religious initiation. It is suggested that the major transitions
    engendered through the Tibetan Buddhist Tantric W a n g Kur rituals may be profitably
    analyzed not simply as changes in social status but rather as tools for the re-ordering
    of phenomenology which are designed to engender long-term alterations in the
    initiates' experience of the world. The initiation provides a rationale and instruction
    conjunctive with ritual technique which is consciously designed to globally and
    permanently alter the consciousness of the practitioner. Suggestions for studies of
    rites of passage which take into account this dimension of the ritual control of
    experience are offered.

  • Given, B. (1992). Education for Experience: One View of Tibetan Tantric Initiation. Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
Date Created
  • 1992-10-22


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