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By Holly Gayley

Love Letters from Golok chronicles the courtship among Buddhist tantric masters, Tare Lhamo (1938–2002) and Namtrul Rinpoche (1944–2011), and their ardour for reinvigorating Buddhism in japanese Tibet through the post-Mao period. In fifty-six letters exchanged from 1978 to 1980, Tare Lhamo and Namtrul Rinpoche estimated a shared future to “heal the wear and tear” performed to Buddhism through the years major as much as and together with the Cultural Revolution. Holly Gayley retrieves the private and prophetic dimensions in their courtship and its consummation in a twenty-year non secular profession that informs problems with gender and corporation in Buddhism, cultural renovation between Tibetan groups, and replacement histories for minorities in China.

The correspondence among Tare Lhamo and Namtrul Rinpoche is the 1st number of “love letters” to return to gentle in Tibetan literature. mixing tantric imagery with poetic and folks tune kinds, their letters have a clean vernacular tone equivalent to the affection songs of the 6th Dalai Lama, yet with an jap Tibetan style. Gayley reads those letters opposed to hagiographic writings concerning the couple, supplemented through box examine, to light up representational concepts that serve to relate cultural trauma in a redemptive key, fairly in contrast to chinese language scar literature or the testimonials of exile Tibetans. With precise recognition to Tare Lhamo's function as a tantric heroine and her hagiographic fusion with Namtrul Rinpoche, Gayley vividly exhibits how Buddhist masters have tailored Tibetan literary genres to proportion deepest intimacies and tackle modern social concerns.

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