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The holy madmen of Tibet

Author: David M DiValerio
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Throughout the past millennium, certain Tibetan Buddhist yogins have taken on profoundly norm-overturning modes of dress and behavior, including draping themselves in human remains, consuming filth, provoking others to violence, and even performing sacrilege. They became known far and wide as "madmen" (smyon pa, pronounced nyönpa), achieving a degree of saintliness in the process. This book offers the first
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David M DiValerio
ISBN: 9780199391202 0199391203 9780199391219 0199391211
OCLC Number: 899229588
Description: xviii, 342 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1: The Lives and Lives of the Madmen of U and Tsang. Hagiography and History ; The Life of the Madman of U (1458-1532) ; The Life of the Madman of Tsang (1452-1507) --
2: Of Scripture and Bone: The Tantric Discipline of the Madmen of U and Tsang. The Practice of the Observance ; The Secret Practice, the Insane Observance ; "You, the Hero, Glorious Heruka Himself ..." ; Tantric Literalism ; Conclusion --
3: Sainthood in the Making: The Madmen of U and Tsang in Public ; The Drum Sound of Their Fame ; The Repertoire of Siddha Behavior ; Performing Enlightenment ; "To Spread and Increase the Teachings of the Kagyu" ; Tantric Literalism in Context: Competing Models of Buddhist Holiness ; Conclusion ; Intermezzo: The Relationship between the Madmen of U and Tsang --
4: Civil War, Strategic Alliances: The Madmen of U and Tsang in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Tibet. The Pakmodru-Geluk Partnership ; The Rinpungpa Revolt ; Priestly Alliances and Sectarian Aggression under the Rinpungpas ; Sakya, Kagyu and Rinpungpa Affairs ; "A Mutual Understanding": The Patrons of the Madmen of U and Tsang ; Conclusion --
5: Making History: The Later Projects of the Madmen of U and Tsang ; The Projects of the Madman of U and His Disciples ; The Literary School of the Madman of Tsang ; Writing and Printing the Life of Milarepa ; Milarepa the Madman, the Madman as Milarepa ; Putting the Aural Transmission to Paper ; Renovating the Swayambhunath Stupa ; Conclusion --
6: Who Was Drukpa Kunle?. Popular Depictions of Drukpa Kunle ; Drukpa Kunle's Miscellaneous Writings ; The Trajectory of Drukpa Kunle's Life ; Drukpa Kunle's Position in Politics ; Drukpa Kunle the Critic ; Drukpa Kunle and the Holy Madmen ; The Transformation of Drukpa Kunle --
7: The Enduring Trope of Holy Madness ; Other Madmen and Madwomen ; The Broader Rhetoric of Madness ; Influencing Deed and Representation within the Madman Tradition ; The Allure of Holy Madness --
Epilogue --
Notes --
Tibetan Spellings --
Works Cited --
Tibetan-Language Sources --
European-Language Sources --
Interviews --
Index.
Responsibility: David M. DiValerio.

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This book is the first comprehensive study of the "holy madmen" of Tibetan Buddhism - tantric yogins who achieved a degree of saintliness through shocking, norm-overturning behavior.  Read more...

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