Tibetan Sacred Space Research Guide: Theoretical Sources and Comparative Studies

Theoretical & General Reources on Sacred Space

* For general and theoretical sources on monasteries and monasticism, see also "Monasteries, Temples, and Catalogs" in the left-hand menu.

Comparative Studies (outside Tibet)

Andersen, Poul. “A Visit to Hua Shan.” Cahiers d’Extrême-Asie 5 (1989): 349-354.

Charleux, Isabelle and Goosaert, Vincent. "The Physical Buddhist Monastery in China." In The Buddhist monastery : a cross-cultural survey.  Études thématiques ; 12.  Paris : École française d'extrême-orient, 2003: pages 305-350.

Hahn, Thomas H. “The Standard Taoist Mountain and Related Features of Religious Geography.” Cahiers d’Extrême-Asie 4 (1988): 145-156.

Holmes, Welch.  The practice of Chinese Buddhism. Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 1967. (draws extensively on Prip-Moller, see below)

Jamroziak, Emilia. Rievaulx Abbey and its social context, 1132-1300: memory, locality, and networks. Turnhout: Brepols, 2005.

Park, Pori. "Devotionalism Reclaimed: Re-mapping Sacred Geography in Contemporary Korean Buddhism." Journal of Korean Religions 3/2 (2012): 153-171. 


Prip-Møller, J. (Johannes). Chinese Buddhist Monasteries: Chinese Buddhist monasteries : their plan and its function as a setting for Buddhist monastic life Copenhagen : G. E. C. Gad; London : Oxford University Press, 1937.

Sundstrom, Linea. "Mirror of heaven: Cross-cultural transference of the sacred geography of the Black Hills." World Archaeology Vol. 28, Iss. 2, 1996: 177-189. 

Walsh, Michael J. "Efficacious Surroundings: Temple Space and Buddhist Well-being. Journal of Religion and Health 46, no. 4 (2007): 471-79. https://www.jstor.org/stable/27513037.