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Subproject A03

Metaphors and their Semantic Fields in Texts of the ‘Experience Instruction’ Genres of Tibetan Buddhism

This project aims, first, to contribute to the study of religious metaphors by investigating the Buddhist metaphors of light, space, movement, and agriculture. Second, it will examine two genres of Tibetan religious literature in this context, mainly the genre of experience instructions and, as a contrast, the genre of gradual path texts. Third, it aims to establish a reciprocal relationship between religious metaphors and genres, asking what influence these metaphors have on the two genres and how these genres contribute to the development of religious metaphors.

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