Echoes of Enlightenment: The Life and Legacy of the Tibetan Saint Sonam Peldren by Suzanne M. BessengerEchoes of Enlightenment: The Life and Legacy of the Tibetan Saint Sonam Peldren by Suzanne M. Bessenger

Echoes of Enlightenment: The Life and Legacy of the Tibetan Saint Sonam Peldren

bySuzanne M. Bessenger

Paperback | August 15, 2016

Pricing and Purchase Info

$44.76

Earn 224 plum® points
Quantity:

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

Echoes of Enlightenment explores the issues of gender and sainthood raised by the recently discovered "liberation story" of the fourteenth-century Tibetan female Buddhist practitioner Sonam Peldren. Born in 1328, Sonam Peldren spent most of her adult life as a nomad in eastern Tibet until her death in 1372. She is believed to have been illiterate, lacking religious education, and unconnected to established religious institutions. For that reason, and because as a woman her claims of religiousauthority would have been constantly questioned, Sonam Peldren's success in legitimizing her claims of divine identity appear all the more remarkable. Today the site of her death is recognized as sacred by local residents. Suzanne Bessenger draws on the new-found biography of the saint to understand how the written record of the saint's life is shaped both by the hagiographical agendas of its multiple authors and by the dictates of the genres of Tibetan religious literature, including biography and poetry. Sheconsiders Sonam Peldren's enduring historical legacy as a fascinating piece of Tibetan history that reveals much about the social and textual machinations of saint production. Finally, she identifies Sonam Peldren as one of the earliest recorded instances of a historical Tibetan woman successfullyusing the uniquely Tibetan hermeneutic of deity emanation to achieve religious authority.
Suzanne M. Bessenger is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Randolph College. Her research explores Tibetan Buddhist biographies, cults of saints, and conceptions of gender. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her family.
Loading
Title:Echoes of Enlightenment: The Life and Legacy of the Tibetan Saint Sonam PeldrenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.79 inPublished:August 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0190225289

ISBN - 13:9780190225285

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"Bessenger contributes to the field of gender and religion, not only in bringing to light another female Buddhist saint from the Tibetan literary record, but also by capably analyzing complex representational strategies, ever cautious about what can and cannot be surmised from hagiographicsources in the absence of other contextualizing information." --Reading Religion