June 19,2017--French anthropologist and Tibetologist Katia Buffetrille was invited recently by the Minzu University of China to hold a seminar on religious pilgrimage in Tibetan Buddhism for five days, and exchanged views with teachers and students on the campus.
June 19,2017--Photo shows Katia Buffetrille attending the seminar.
June 19,2017--Ms. Buffetrille is a senior researcher at the école pratique des hautes etudes, Paris and member of the International Association of Tibetan Studies (IATS). Over the years, she has carried out many anthropological studies on the subject of Buddhist pilgrimage. Her research result includes Pilgrims, Lamas, and Saints, Holy Mountains of Tibet, and Pilgrim Tours of Tibet.
At the seminar, Ms. Buffetrille spoke on a series of topics including "Anthropology of Pilgrimages", "Tibetan Pilgrimages and Pilgrims", "Holy Mountain Pilgrimages: From Mountain Deities to Holy Mountains", "Pilgrimage Literature", and "Current Buddhist Caves in Eastern Nepal", incorporating specific cases from her own years of field research into her talks. In her third lecture titled "Holy Mountain Pilgrimages", Ms. Buffetrille used examples of several typical Tibetan holy mountains to introduce the process of how beliefs developed from nature worship into religious worship and how secular practices became religious beliefs.