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Female incarnation lineages: some remarks on their Features and Functions in Tibet

Abstract : While male incarnation lineages are well known for the religious, political and social roles they played and continue to play in tibetan societies, not much is known about female lineages, of which there are only very few. a decade ago, the French tibetologist anne chayet raised the question of whether there has been some kind of deliberate restriction on female incarnations, pointing to the fact that several famous historical women are said to have been reborn as men, as was the case for tsong kha pa's mother, shing bza' a chos, for example. 2 another, more recent, instance is the famous rje btsun lo chen rin po che from shug gseb nunnery in central tibet, who indicated that she might reincarnate as a boy. 3 her incarnation was found in 'chi med rdo rje, the son of bde skyong dbang mo from the Phreng ring family. born in 1953, he lives as a layman in lhasa. however, the 14 th dalai lama and the 16 th karmapa have also recognized a female incarnation: rje btsun Padma, daughter of kazi bsod nams stobs rgyas (1925-2009) from sikkim, previously stationed in tibet and former disciple, together with his wife, of shug gseb lo chen rin po che. 4 in the following article, i would like to consider some of the known female incarnations and lineages in the light of results from previous studies of incarnation and the sprul sku tradition. 5 i will then proceed by examining some of them closely in an attempt to determine if it is possible to detect features that may be specific to female lineages.
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Nicola Schneider. Female incarnation lineages: some remarks on their Features and Functions in Tibet. From Bhakti to Bon: Festschrift for Per Kvaerne, pp.463-479, 2015. ⟨hal-03210260⟩



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