The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet's Great Saint Milarepa by Andrew Quintman

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

byAndrew 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.

Andrew Quintman is assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University.
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Title:The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet's Great Saint MilarepaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 12, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231535538

ISBN - 13:9780231535533

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Earliest Sources: A Biographical Birth
2. Proto-Lives: Formations of a Skeletal Biography
3. Biographical Compendia: Lives Made Flesh
4. A New Standard: Tsangnyön Heruka's Life and Songs of Milarepa
5. The Yogin and the Madman: A Life Brought to Life
6. Conclusions
Epilogue: Mila Comes Alive!
List of Abbreviations
Appendix 1: Gampopa's Life of Jetsün Mila
Appendix 2: Colophons
Appendix 3: Outlines and Concordances
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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The Yogin and the Madman is a treasure trove for anyone, who wishes to learn more about literary traditions in the Himalayas, Buddhist history, and about the life of Milarepa.