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Jereld R. Nicholson Library

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Modern Languages

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The projects seeks to determine why Alexandra David-Néel played such an influential role in the development of Buddhism in France. Alexandra's scholarship and experience with Tibetan culture allowed her to be a source of authority on Buddhism and Buddhism practices. The language she utilizes to describe Tibet romanticized it adding to the shroud of mystery already surrounding the closed country. Her descriptions of Buddhist practices were simple making the religion accessible to the people of France. Her description of magical abilities some monks and lamas processed added a level of exoticism that helped pique interest as well. David-Néel’s portrayal of Tibet furthered its mysticism in France. This inspired an interest in Tibet and Buddhism in general that spurred the popularity of Buddhism in France today.

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May 15th, 12:15 PM May 15th, 1:30 PM

Alexandra David-Néel: A Pioneer of Buddhism in France

Jereld R. Nicholson Library

The projects seeks to determine why Alexandra David-Néel played such an influential role in the development of Buddhism in France. Alexandra's scholarship and experience with Tibetan culture allowed her to be a source of authority on Buddhism and Buddhism practices. The language she utilizes to describe Tibet romanticized it adding to the shroud of mystery already surrounding the closed country. Her descriptions of Buddhist practices were simple making the religion accessible to the people of France. Her description of magical abilities some monks and lamas processed added a level of exoticism that helped pique interest as well. David-Néel’s portrayal of Tibet furthered its mysticism in France. This inspired an interest in Tibet and Buddhism in general that spurred the popularity of Buddhism in France today.

 

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