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Love Letters from Golok: A Tantric Couple in Modern Tibet

Holly Gayley


Love Letters from Golok chronicles the courtship between two Buddhist tantric masters, Tare Lhamo (1938–2002) and Namtrul Rinpoche (1944–2011), and their passion for reinvigorating Buddhism in eastern Tibet during the post-Mao era. In fifty-six letters exchanged from 1978 to 1980, Tare Lhamo and Namtrul Rinpoche envisioned a shared destiny to "heal the damage" done to Buddhism during the years leading up to and including the Cultural Revolution. Holly Gayley retrieves the personal and prophetic dimensions of their courtship and its consummation in a twenty-year religious career that informs is ... More

Keywords: women in Buddhism, modern Tibet, Buddhist tantra, minorities in China, cultural trauma, epistolary literature in Asia, love letters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231180528
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231180528.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Holly Gayley, author
University of Colorado Boulder