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Dr. Sangseraima Ujeed on Lineage in Mongolia

September 12, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm



Red and Yellow:

Untangling the Mongolian Lineage Web


In 1679, Khalkha Dza-ya Paṇḍita Blo-bzang ’phrin-las (1642-1715) was sent back to Mongolia by the Fifth Dalai Lama carrying upon his shoulders the duty to spread the teachings of Je Tsongkhapa. The advice that was bestowed upon Dza-ya Paṇḍita by the Fifth on this occasion was quite unusual: “do not spread the teachings of the Nyingma in Mongolia as it would be harmful for the teachings of the Buddha”. The question of why the Fifth Dalai Lama was so anti-Nyingma for Mongols despite his own deep appreciation of the tradition is one that needs more attention. Later Mongolian writers in both Southern and Northern Mongolian lands all refer to this initial 1679 advice given to Dza-ya Paṇḍita as the evidence for the Fifth Dalai Lamas anti-Nyingma legacy for Buddhism in Mongolia. However, why would the Fifth be so insistent on this matter if there was little or no “Red” activity in Mongolia to be concerned about?

Sangseraima Ujeed is the ACLS Robert H.N Ho Postdoctoral Fellow in Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Ujeed received her MSt and DPhil degrees in Oriental Studies from the Department of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. Her main research focus is the trans-national aspect of Buddhism in Tibet and Mongolia in the pre-modern period, with a particular emphasis on the contributions made by ethnically Mongolian monk scholars.


This talk is co-sponsored by the East Asia Center, UVA Tibet Center and the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion.


September 12, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Gibson Hall 441
1540 Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903 United States


Tibet Center
East Asia Center
Virginia Center for the Study of Religion