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

Columbia University Press
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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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Andrew Quintman is associate professor of Religious Studies at Wesleyan University. He is the author of The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet’s Great Saint Milarepa (Columbia University Press 2014).
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Columbia University Press
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Published on
Nov 5, 2013
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9780231535533
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Religious
Literary Criticism / Asian / General
Philosophy / Buddhist
Religion / Buddhism / History
Religion / Buddhism / Tibetan
Religion / General
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