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Author Larsson, Stefan, 1968-

Title Crazy for wisdom : the making of a mad yogin in fifteenth-century Tibet / by Stefan Larsson, University of California, Berkeley
Published Boston : Brill, 2012


Description 1 online resource
Series Brill's Tibetan studies library ; v. 30
Brill's Tibetan studies library ; v. 30.
Contents Preliminary Material -- 1 Introduction -- 2 Sources -- 3 Birth and Childhood -- 4 The Exceptional Monk -- 5 The Birth of a Heruka -- 6 The Mad Yogin -- 7 A Mad Yogin Turns the Wheel of Dharma -- 8 Tsangnyön Heruka and Tantric Buddhism -- 9 Tsangnyön's Own Works -- 10 Some Key Figures and Texts -- Conclusions -- Epilogue -- Glossary -- Tibetan Spelling Key -- Appendix 1 Tentative Chronology of the Life of Tsangnyön -- Appendix 2 A Summary of the Life of Tsangnyön Heruka -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary Larsson (Tibetan Buddhism, U. of California-Berkeley) explores how Sangyé Gyaltsen (1452-1507) became the Madman of Tsang, Tsangnyön Heruka, and summarizes his subsequent activities as a mad yogin. He also places the figure of the mad yogin historically and geographically. His main sources are life stories of Tsangnyön in Tibetan, many of which have not been studied in the West nor translated into any other language. He discusses his birth and childhood, the exceptional monk, the birth of a Heruka, the mad yogin, a mad yogin turns the wheel of dharma, Tsangnyön Heruka and Tantric Buddhism, Tsangnyön's own works, and some key figures and texts. The study is based on his 2009 doctoral dissertation at the University of Stockholm. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Notes Revision of the author's thesis (doctoral--University of Stockholm, 2009) under the title: Birth of a Heruka : How Sangs rgyas rgyal mtshan became gTsang smyon Heruka : A Study of a Mad Yogin
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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SUBJECT Gtsang-smyon He-ru-ka, 1452-1507
Gtsang-smyon He-ru-ka, 1452-1507 fast (OCoLC)fst00059483
Subject 880-01 Bkaʼ-brgyud-pa lamas -- Tibet Region -- Biography
880-01/(3/r Bkao⁺ث-rgyud-pa lamas -- China -- Tibet Region -- Biography
RELIGION -- Buddhism -- Tibetan.
Bkaʼ-brgyud-pa lamas.
Tibet Region.
Genre/Form collective biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789004232877