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The Yogin and the MadmanReading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet's Great Saint Milarepa$
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Andrew Quintman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231164153

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231164153.001.0001

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The Yogin and the Madman

Andrew Quintman

Columbia University Press

This book has investigated the life of Jetsun Milarepa, set against a shifting religious, political, and social terrain, in hopes of broadening the way the yogin's life story, and Tibetan life writing more generally, have been studied. To that end, the book has examined how lives are recorded and transmitted, how their structures and functions transform over time, and how their changing forms affect the reading of their content. It has highlighted the literary qualities of the Life and Songs of Milarepa as well as its production, dissemination, reception, and intertextual relationships. The book has shown that Tsangnyön Heruka's biography of the yogin can be read, in part, as his own life story, an autobiographical biography that derives its legitimacy from his direct relationship to his subject.

Keywords:   life story, Jetsun Milarepa, yogin, Tibet, life writing, Life and Songs of Milarepa, Tsangnyön Heruka, biography

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