Karma Exhausted: The Role of Tibetans and Mongols In High Asia’s Most Traumatic Event of the 13th Century
There is hardly any event in the lands that constitute the Tibetan plateau during the 13th century and perhaps at any time in the history of the country that was as distressing as the 'Bri gung gling log, the clash that culminated in the destruction of 'Bri gung monastery. While the incident has not been forgotten in the relevant literature, owing to the magnitude of the tragedy, the religious and political circumstances that led to it have been swept under the carpet, so to speak, as if any reference to the burning of the monastery could only be mentioned with a sense of shame. By collating sources, I propose here a reconstruction of the main actors, the reasons that led to a dramatic escalation of hostility, the unfolding conflict, its subsequent developments and an historical assessment of the affair.
Dr. Vitali pursues his studies on the historical literature of ancient Tibet, sharing his research with scholars of the diaspora communities in the Himalaya. He works with the Amnye Machen Institute, Tibetan Center for Advanced Studies; the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (Dharamshala); the Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies (Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu); and the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (Gangtok, Sikkim). He has authored Early Temples of Central Tibet, The Kingdoms of Gu ge Pu hrang, Records of Tho ling, A Short History of Mustang, The dGe lugs pa in Gu ge and the Himalaya, and other books and articles.
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