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Tibetan Buddhists and the Law

Thursday 15 June 2017 - Friday 16 June 2017
Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden

This conference, lasting two whole days, will bring together scholars and experts who work on the way in which Tibetan Buddhists (which means to include various Himalayan peoples, Tibetans, and Mongolians, but also ‘converts’) interact with legal issues. The contemporary situation and the historical context will be given equal attention. Topics that regard the existence or extent of a ‘Tibetan Buddhist legal system’; the relationship between Buddhist believers and a non-Buddhist legislative body; the role of Buddhists as (legal) mediators; the possible socio-legal influence of Buddhism on local government; religious vis á vis legal conflicts with regard to the ‘Tibet issue’ will all be addressed. This conference is open to a wider audience, consisting of students of Asian Studies and Religious Studies, Tibetan Buddhists (both Western and Tibetan), legal specialists, and the general interested public. While the main aim is to contextualize and discuss materials and ideas, we will not shy away from raising important political issues, when relevant.

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