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Traditions and Transformations in Tibetan Buddhism

This series investigates both the stability of Tibetan religious culture from its historical beginnings in the sixth century through the modern era, as well as how the religious tradition has changed in reaction to historical realities, technological transformation, and social unrest.

Series Editors: David Germano & Michael Sheehy
UVP Editor: Eric Brandt

Buddha in the Marketplace

The Commodification of Buddhist Objects in Tibet

Alex John Catanese

Classical Tibetan Buddhist scriptures forbid the selling of Buddhist objects, and yet there is today a thriving market for Buddhist statues, paintings, and texts. In Buddha in the Marketplace, Alex John Catanese investigates this practice, which continues to be viewed as a form of "wrong livelihood... More