Published: Dec. 6, 2016

Holly Gayley, CU faculty in Religious Studies, just published her first book, Love Letters from Golok: A Tantric Couple in Modern Tibet, with Columbia University Press.

With a focus on Buddhist conceptions of gender, agency and healing, Love Letters from Golok examines the lives and letters of a contemporary Buddhist tantric couple, Khandro Tāre Lhamo (1938-2002) and Namtrul Rinpoche (1944-2011), who played a significant role in revitalizing Buddhism during the post-Mao era in the Tibetan region of Golok. Exploring their epistolary courtship and shared religious career, the book recovers Tibetan voices in representing their own modern history under Chinese rule and contributes to burgeoning scholarly literature on Buddhist women, minorities in China, and studies of collective trauma.

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