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dc.contributor.authorHigh, Mette M.
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-08T23:33:29Z
dc.date.available2017-08-08T23:33:29Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.citationHigh , M M 2018 , ' A question of ethics : the creative orthodoxy of Buddhist monks in the Mongolian gold rush ' , Ethnos , vol. 83 , no. 1 , pp. 80-99 . https://doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2016.1140215en
dc.identifier.issn0014-1844
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 241426150
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 37aaadce-235e-42f2-9d93-7dcf863be630
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84958534763
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000419340700005
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/11409
dc.descriptionFunding for this work was generously provided by the ESRC (PTA-030-2003-00784), the Wenner-Gren Foundation [Gr. 7376] and British Academy (PDF/2009/423).en
dc.description.abstractAddressing the intersections of economic opportunities and scriptural interpretation, this article examines how Buddhist monks involved in the Mongolian gold rush view the ethics of mining. Commonly regarded an act of theft and violence within Mahāyāna Buddhism, mining is locally subject to strong ethical denunciations. Drawing on historical connections and transnational devotional practices, the mining monks engage creatively with a method of meditation known as ‘breaking the mind’, which offers a competing way of knowing the world. Focusing on the universe within which they conceptualise action, they present a radical reinterpretation of ethical human life. I argue that the mining monks’ own conceptual framework highlights the analytical importance of attending to not only visible bodily action, but also people's self-reflection in our attempts to understand the place of the ethical in human life.
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofEthnosen
dc.rights© 2016 Taylor & Francis. This work is made available online in accordance with the publisher’s policies. This is the author created, accepted version manuscript following peer review and may differ slightly from the final published version. The final published version of this work is available at https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2016.1140215en
dc.subjectEthicsen
dc.subjectBuddhismen
dc.subjectGold miningen
dc.subjectMongoliaen
dc.subjectPostsocialismen
dc.subjectEpistemologyen
dc.subjectGN Anthropologyen
dc.subjectGT Manners and customsen
dc.subjectHD Industries. Land use. Laboren
dc.subjectArts and Humanities (miscellaneous)en
dc.subjectAnthropologyen
dc.subjectArchaeologyen
dc.subjectT-NDASen
dc.subject.lccGNen
dc.subject.lccGTen
dc.subject.lccHDen
dc.titleA question of ethics : the creative orthodoxy of Buddhist monks in the Mongolian gold rushen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.description.versionPostprinten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Social Anthropologyen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2016.1140215
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden
dc.date.embargoedUntil2017-08-08


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