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Yogin and the Madman Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet's Great Saint Milarepa

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ISBN-10: 0231164157

ISBN-13: 9780231164153

Edition: 2013

Authors: Andrew Quintman

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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.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Earliest Sources: A Biographical Birth
Proto-Lives: Formations of a Skeletal Biography
Biographical Compendia: Lives Made Flesh
A New Standard: Tsangny�n 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 Jets�n Mila by Gampopa
Text Colophons
Text Outlines and Concordances