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dc.contributor.advisorGyatso, Janeten_US
dc.contributor.advisorMonius, Anneen_US
dc.contributor.advisorVan der Kuijp, Leonarden_US
dc.contributor.advisorHallisey, Charlesen_US
dc.contributor.authorMonson, Elizabeth L.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-04T18:42:24Z
dc.date.created2015-11en_US
dc.date.issued2015-09-25en_US
dc.date.submitted2015en_US
dc.identifier.citationMonson, Elizabeth L. 2015. Ethical Formation in the Works and Life 'Brug Smyon Kun Dga' Legs Pa. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:23845460
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation explores the ethical formation of persons depicted by the 15th century text entitled the Liberation Life Story of Drukpa Kunley (‘Brug pa kun legs kyi rnam thar). My analysis examines the Drukpa Kunley Namthar from a perspective that considers writing as a spiritual discipline akin to other practices of spiritual formation such as prayer, meditation and confession. Drawing on the work of such theorists as Paul Ricoeur, Michel Foucault and Alasdair McIntyre, I argue for a position whereby life-writing functions to form ethical persons. Using Drukpa Kunley’s namthar as an outstanding example of this ethically-formative function of literary activity, I examine the text’s presentation of what it means to be an ethical person and how such persons arise through a particular way of interacting with the world. In considering the Drukpa Kunley Namthar, I explore questions about authorial intent, textual agency, and the readers imagined by the text. In addition, I highlight three principal themes developed within the text: exposure of hypocrisy, joyful acceptance of truth, and an unstinting examination of authority. These themes are expressed through both content and form: the narrator openly discusses them, and the text itself creates an experience for the reader that resonates with these themes through its repeated shifting among diverse literary forms and genres. I refer to this strategy as a cacophony of genres, and my assertion is that this effects an ethic of disruption, a condition that challenges the reader and draws into question conventional ways of seeing and being in the world. Finally, this dissertation explores and advocates for a model of scholarship that approaches the study of a text as an ethnographic encounter. This model, which draws on the work of anthropologist Michael D. Jackson, considers the usefulness of intersubjective practice for scholars of religion and other fields. I propose that this model for studying texts, which engages with a wide range of agents and influences—including our own—can yield deeper and more relevant insights into our objects of study.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipReligion, Committee on the Study ofen_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dash.licenseLAAen_US
dc.subjectReligion, History ofen_US
dc.subjectLiterature, Asianen_US
dc.titleEthical Formation in the Works and Life 'Brug Smyon Kun Dga' Legs Paen_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dash.depositing.authorMonson, Elizabeth L.en_US
dc.date.available2015-12-04T18:42:24Z
thesis.degree.date2015en_US
thesis.degree.grantorGraduate School of Arts & Sciencesen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.type.materialtexten_US
thesis.degree.departmentReligion, Committee on the Study ofen_US
dash.identifier.vireohttp://etds.lib.harvard.edu/gsas/admin/view/626en_US
dc.description.keywordsDrukpa Kunley; ethical formation; Bhutan; Tibetan Buddhismen_US
dash.author.emailelizabethlmonson@gmail.comen_US
dash.identifier.drsurn-3:HUL.DRS.OBJECT:25142675en_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedMonson, Elizabeth L.


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