This book offers the first comprehensive study of Tibet's "holy madmen" drawing on their biographies and writings, as well as tantric commentaries, later histories, oral traditions, and more.
Author: David M. DiValerio
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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 comprehensive study of Tibet's "holy madmen" drawing on their biographies and writings, as well as tantric commentaries, later histories, oral traditions, and more. Much of The Holy Madmen of Tibet is dedicated to examining the lives and legacies of the three most famous "holy madmen" who were all of the Kagyü sect: the Madman of Tsang (author of The Life of Milarepa), the Madman of Ü, and Drukpa Künlé, Madman of the Drukpa Kagyü. Each born in the 1450s, they rose to prominence during a period of civil war and of great shifts in Tibet's religious culture. By focusing on literature written by and about the "holy madmen" and on the yogins' relationships with their public, this book offers in-depth looks at the narrative and social processes out of which sainthood arises, and at the role biographical literature can play in the formation of sectarian identities. By showing how understandings of the "madmen" have changed over time, this study allows for new insights into current notions of "crazy wisdom." In the end, the "holy madmen" are seen as self-aware and purposeful individuals who were anything but insane.
The Life of the Madman of Ü is a complete English translation of the biography of the Tibetan Buddhist ascetic Künga Zangpo (1458-1532), who was renowned for adopting an extreme and unique form of tantric asceticism.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
"The Life of the Madman of eU tells the story of Keunga Zangpo (1458-1532), a famous Tibetan Buddhist ascetic of the Kagyeu sect. Having grown weary of the trials of human existence, Keunga 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 Keunga Zangpo came to be known as the Madman of eU. 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 Keunga 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."--
Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet's Great Saint Milarepa. ——. 2002. ... In
The Many Canons of Tibetan Buddhism, ed. H. Eimer ... “Subversive Sainthood
and Tantric Fundamentalism: A Historical Study of Tibet's Holy Madmen.” Ph.D.
Publisher: Columbia University Press
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.
... China (Leiden: Brill, 1972) Papers and Book Chapters Ardussi, John and
Lawrence Epstein, 'The Saintly Madman in Tibet', ... Brown, Peter, 'The Rise and
Function of the Holy Man in Late Antiquity', Journal of Roman Studies, 61, 1971,
Author: Alexander Norman
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Biography & Autobiography
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is renowned the world over for his unswerving dedication to non-violence in his efforts to achieve justice for Tibet, yet the Chinese call him 'a wolf in monk's robes'. He is fourteenth in a lineage whose history is every bit as bloody and intrigue-laden as that of the Papacy. The sixth Dalai Lama was a notorious womaniser, four successive ones were almost certainly murdered and the present Dalai Lama has himself been the target of attacks that resulted in the brutal murder of a close colleague THE LIVES OF THE DALAI LAMA gives a fast-paced and absorbing insight into the real story of Tibetan culture, politics and spirituality, and shows the Dalai Lama as a man of courage, compassion and honesty.
Eccentrics and holy madmen and mad women abound in Tibetan literature; even
practical joking plays a part in the religious life | | — 30 ... Mongol Raiders
Converted As in medieval Europe, so in Tibet, religion and politics went close
"The concept of sacred insanity is widespread among many religions of the world and through many ages and cultures. The present volume collects the contributions of the symposium Holy Fools and Divine Madmen, held in Munich 2015.
Asceticism and bizarre behavior are well - known in Tibetan Buddhism among
yogins , and bizarre behavior is found particularly among the holy “ madmen ” (
smyon pa ) . These , in their bizarre activity , show that they are enlightened ...
18 CRAZY WISDOM AND CRAZY ADEPTS In Tibet there is a tradition known as “
crazy wisdom . ... This was not the case in traditional Tibet and India , however ,
where the " holy fool ” or “ divine madman ” has been recognized as a legitimate
Tibetan. Hagiographic. Tradition. Kurtis R. Schaeffer The hagiographic tradition
of Milare ́pa (Mi la ras pa, ca. 1052– 1135) reached its height with the redaction
of his life story by Tsangnyo ̈n Heruka (Gtsang smyon He ru ka, 1452–1507),
the ''madman of central Tibet. ... and relics.1 Tales of the marvelous (ngo mtshar)
frequently occupy the hagiographer when telling of the deaths of Tibetan holy
Author: Bryan J. Cuevas
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
In its teachings, practices and institutions, Buddhism in its varied Asian forms is centrally concerned with death and the dead. This title offers a comparative investigation of this topic across the major Buddhist cultures of India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Tibet and Burma.
Ogah hat sidi whilst the tradition of Chan in Tibet may be studied as an
independent movement . ... closely related to that motivating the highly
unconventional behaviour of the Tibetan smyon - pa ( “ madmen ' ) , the ' holy
fools ' who have been ...
Author: Whalen Lai
Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism was popularized in the West by writers such as D.T. Suzuki and Alan Watts as a kind of romantic abstraction outside of history. The papers in this volume, originally presented as a unique conference sponsored by UC-Berkeley and the San Francisco Zen Center, go a long way towards revealing the complex historical development of Ch'an theory and practice both in China and Tibet. The papers on China reveal Ch'an not as a single line of transmission from Bodhidharma, but as a complex of contending and even hostile factions. Furthermore, the view that sees Ch'an as the sinicization of Buddhism through Taoism is questioned through an examination of the Taoism that was actually prevalent during the establishment of Ch'an in China. The papers on Tibet take us to the heart of the controversies surrounding the origins of Buddhism in that country, based on exciting research into the Tunhuang materials, the indigenous rDzogs-chen system, and the Sudden vs. Gradual Enlightenment controversy. Of particular note in this volume is the inclusion of several translations of papers by noted Japanese scholars who have led the way in this type of research, made available to the Western reader for the first time.
L'ecrit Au Tibet, Evolution Et Devenir ... When a Woman becomes a Religious
Dynasty : The Samding Dorje Phagmo of Tibet . New York ... The Holy Madman
of dBus and His Relationships with Tibetan Rulers of the 15th and 16th Centuries
... to follow her to enter the door of reality i said : A short note regarding the Tibetan tradition of holy madmen , known as ... in order , as the author of the
piece here translated was himself such a ' madman ' from the Eastern province of
This encyclopedia contains 4000 entries which deal with the teachers, doctrines, disciplines, practices and mythology of Oriential spiritual thought. The text includes a pronunciation guide and bibliography to provide a complete reference work for scholars, students and general readers.
... Newar residents in Tibet retained much of their cultural traditions , and frictions
between Nepalese subjects and Tibetans were by no means rare , 119 perhaps
because of the Newars ' considerable wealth . The Tibetan ' holy madman ' ...
Author: Bru-sgom Rgyal-ba-gʹyung-drungPublish On: 1996
... may be taken to have influenced rDzogs - chen.23 The question of the
continued presence of Ch'an in Tibet after the ... to that motivating the highly
unconventional behavior of the Tibetan smyon pa ( madmen ) , the ' holy fools '
who have ...
John Martinek, in his fascinating study, "Language and Mysticism: The 'Holy Madman,' " speaks of Zen's outright hostility to words: "The student was always ...
21 Martinek examines the teaching methods of certain Tibetan "Holy Madmen.
Author: Brag-phug Dge-bśes Dge-ʼdun-rin-chenPublish On: 1980
... converted the Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan , and achieved political hegemony
for the Sakyas over Tibet ; he was also ... kingdom south of the Ganges in Bihar ,
which was the nucleus of Ashoka ' s empire , and which is the Holy Land of the ...
Author: Brag-phug Dge-bśes Dge-ʼdun-rin-chen
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A collection of anecdotes and songs by, and concerning, the Tibetan Saint, Buddha Drukpa Kunley.
Author: Library of Congress. Library of Congress Office, New DelhiPublish On: 1987
In Tibetan. "Reproduced from a rare manuscript from the library of Trulku
Tshewang." Tib $ Rs.450.00 86-900141 Na ro chos ... Scatological stories about
the adventures of "Brug-smyon Kun-dga”-legs-pa, 1455-1529, Tibetan holy madman, ...
Author: Library of Congress. Library of Congress Office, New Delhi
Category: South Asia
Records publications acquired from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, by the U.S. Library of Congress Offices in New Delhi, India, and Karachi, Pakistan.
As a result, in old Tibet over ninety-five percent of women remained illiterate, and
even to this day many elderly women in the ... were taught only to write simple
letters and keep accounts, while study of the holy texts was deemed unnecessary
. ... runs: “Boys should run as wild as madmen, girls should be as silent as mutes.