Hunting for Monasteries in the Kathmandu Valley: Innovations in Newar Buddhist Traditions of Transformation

This research surveys the changes that have taken place over the past 25 years in the 363 Newar Buddist monastic compounds of the Kathmandu Valley. These centers of Newar Buddhist life house those who are at once monks, tantric priests, and married householders. The complex and apparently contradictory roles played by their residents are reflected in the built environments in which they live and the transformations that these places of worship, initiation, and day-to-day life have undergone.

The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in President’s Dining Room