Yogin and the Madman Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet's Great Saint Milarepa
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Tibetan biographers began writing Jetsun Milarepa's (1052--1135) life story shortly after his death, initiating a literary tradition that turned the poet and saint into a model of virtuosic Buddhist practice throughout the Himalayan world. Andrew Quintman traces this history and its innovations in narrative and aesthetic representation across four centuries, culminating in a detailed analysis of the genre's most famous example, composed in 1488 by Tsangnyön Heruka, or the "Madman of Western Tibet." Quintman imagines these works as a kind of physical body supplanting the yogin's corporeal relics.
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/5/2013
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
|Earliest Sources: A Biographical Birth|
|Proto-Lives: Formations of a Skeletal Biography|
|Biographical Compendia: Lives Made Flesh|
|A New Standard: Tsangnyï¿½n Heruka's Life and Songs of Milarepa|
|The Yogin and the Madman: A Life Brought to Life|
|Epilogue: Mila Comes Alive!|
|List of Abbreviations|
|The Life of Jetsï¿½n Mila by Gampopa|
|Text Outlines and Concordances|