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Uniform Title Dpal ldan bla ma dam pa grub paʼi khyu mchog phyogs thams cad las rnam par rgyal baʼi spyod pa can rje btsun kun dgaʼ bzang poʼi rnam par thar pa ris med dad paʼi spu long gʼyo byed. English
Title The life of the Madman of Ü / David M. DiValerio
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2016


Description 1 online resource
Contents Cover; The Life of the Madman of Ü; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Technical Note; Introduction; Part I: by Nyukla Peṇchen Ngawang Drakpa, 1494; 1. Life before Monkhood; 2. Early Training; 3. Meditation; 4. Taking on the Observance; 5. Teaching; Part II: by Lhatong Lotsāwa Shényen Namgyel, 1537; 6. Further Activities; 7. Triumph over Saṃsāra; 8. Further Practice and Teaching; 9. Death; Epilogue: The Madman of Ü's Legacy; Notes; Personal and Place Names; Tibetan Texts Referred to in the Biography; Works Cited; Index
Summary "The Life of the Madman of Ü tells the story of Künga Zangpo (1458-1532), a famous Tibetan Buddhist ascetic of the Kagyü sect. Having grown weary of the trials of human existence, Künga Zangpo renounced the world during his teenage years, committing himself to learning and practicing the holy Dharma as a monk. Some years later he would give up his monkhood to take on a unique tantric asceticism that entailed dressing in human remains, wandering from place to place, and provoking others to attack him physically, among other norm-overturning behaviors. It was because of this asceticism that Künga Zangpo came to be known as the Madman of Ü. David M. Divalerio translates this biography, originally written in two parts in 1494 and 1537, making accessible to a modern audience a rich depiction of religious life in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Tibet. The book also details Künga Zangpo's many miracles, a testament to the spiritual perfection he attained. His final thirty years were spent at his monastery of Tsimar Pel, where he dispensed teachings to his numerous disciples and followers. The Life of this remarkable and controversial figure, now available in English for the first time, provides new means for understanding the tradition of the "holy madman" (smyon pa) in Tibetan Buddhism."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Translated from Tibetan
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Subject Kun-dgaʼ-bzang-po, 1458-1532.
Kun-dgaʼ-bzang-po, 1458-1532.
Bkaʼ-brgyud-pa (Sect) -- Biography
RELIGION / Comparative Religion
Bkaʼ-brgyud-pa (Sect)
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
Author DiValerio, David M., translator
LC no. 2016035007
ISBN 9780190244040