Crazy for Wisdom: The Making of a Mad Yogin in Fifteenth-Century Tibet
2012 (English)Book (Refereed)
In his early twenties, the Tibetan monk Sangyé Gyaltsen (1452–1507) left his monastery to become a wandering tantric yogin. As he moved from place to place, seeking enlightenment beyond the bounds of monasticism, his behavior became increasingly erratic. While some were shocked or even angered by his actions, others were drawn to him. Sangyé Gyaltsen’s followers described his transgressive behaviors as enlightened action, rooted in authoritative Buddhist scripture. Using biographical sources, Stefan Larsson explores Sangyé Gyaltsen’s transformation into the charismatic ‘Madman of Tsang,’ Tsangnyön Heruka.
Best known today as the author of the Life of Milarepa, Tsangnyön Heruka was one of the most influential mad yogins of Tibet. His biography brings its reader face-to-face with an unexpected aspect of Buddhist practice that flourished in fifteenth-century Tibet.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012. , 354 p.
, Brill's Tibetan Studies Library, ISSN 1568-6183 ; 30
Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Milarepa, Kagyu tradition, Tsangnyön Heruka, mad yogin, Tibetan history
History of Religions
Research subject History of Religion
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-84470ISBN: 9789004203938ISBN: 90-04-20393-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-84470DiVA: diva2:580499
FunderSwedish Research Council
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 Heruka2012-12-222012-12-222013-01-23Bibliographically approved