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By David M. DiValerio

Through the earlier millennium, convinced Tibetan Buddhist yogins have taken on profoundly norm-overturning modes of costume and behaviour, together with draping themselves in human is still, eating dirt, frightening others to violence, or even appearing sacrilege. They grew to become recognized everywhere as "madmen" (smyon pa, suggested nyönpa), attaining a level of saintliness within the technique. This e-book bargains the 1st finished research of Tibet's "holy madmen" drawing on their biographies and writings, in addition to tantric commentaries, later histories, oral traditions, and more.

Much of The Holy Madmen of Tibet is devoted to studying the lives and legacies of the 3 most famed "holy madmen" who have been all the Kagyü sect: the Madman of Tsang (author of The lifetime of Milarepa), the Madman of Ü, and Drukpa Künlé, Madman of the Drukpa Kagyü. each one born within the 1450s, they rose to prominence in the course of a interval of civil struggle and of serious shifts in Tibet's spiritual tradition.

By concentrating on literature written by way of and concerning the "holy madmen" and at the yogins' relationships with their public, this ebook bargains in-depth appears to be like on the narrative and social procedures out of which sainthood arises, and on the position biographical literature can play within the formation of sectarian identities. through exhibiting how understandings of the "madmen" have replaced through the years, this examine enables new insights into present notions of "crazy wisdom." in spite of everything, the "holy madmen" are obvious as self-aware and functional people who have been something yet insane.

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