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Apparitions of the self : the secret autobiographies of a Tibetan visionary : a translation and study of Jigme Lingpa's Dancing moon in the water and Ḍākki's grand secret-talk

Author: ʼJigs-med-gliṅ-pa Raṅ-byuṅ-rdo-rje; Janet Gyatso
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Apparitions of the Self is an investigation into what is known in Tibet as "secret autobiography," an exceptional, rarely studied literary genre that presents a personal exploration of intimate religious experiences. In this volume, Janet Gyatso focuses on the outstanding pair of secret autobiographies by the famed Tibetan Buddhist visionary, Jigme Lingpa (1730-1798), whose poetic and self-conscious writings are as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: ʼJigs-med-gliṅ-pa Raṅ-byuṅ-rdo-rje; ʼJigs-med-gliṅ-pa Raṅ-byuṅ-rdo-rje
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: ʼJigs-med-gliṅ-pa Raṅ-byuṅ-rdo-rje; Janet Gyatso
ISBN: 0691011109 9780691011103
OCLC Number: 36589144
Description: xxiv, 360 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Dancing Moon in the Water --
Dakki's Grand Secret-Talk --
Autobiography in Tibet --
The Outer Face: The Life of Jigme Lingpa --
Treasure Discoverer --
Master of Experience --
No-Self Self and Other Dancing Moons --
The Dakini Talks: On Gender, Language, and the Secret Autobiographer --
Epilogue: Subjectivity without Essence.
Other Titles: Gsaṅ ba chen po ñams snaṅ gi rtogs brjod chu zla'i gar mkhan.
Responsibility: Janet Gyatso.
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