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

Kobo ebook | November 12, 2013

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.

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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...

Andrew Quintman is assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 12, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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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.