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The Yogin and the Madman

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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.

Historical Dictionary of Tibet

Author : John Powers
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Historical Dictionary of Tibet, Second Edition is a comprehensive resource for Tibetan history, politics, religion, major figures, prehistory and paleontology, with a primary emphasis on the modern period. It also covers the surrounding areas influenced by Tibetan religion and culture, including India, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Central Asia, and Russia. It contains a chronology, a glossary, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 500 cross-referenced entries on important personalities as well as aspects of the country’s politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Tibet.

The Holy Madmen of Tibet

Author : David M. DiValerio
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"This book is the first comprehensive study of the "holy madmen" of Tibetan Buddhism--tantric yogins who achieved a degree of saintliness through shocking, norm-overturning behavior"--

Encyclopaedia of Buddhist Tantra

Author : Sadhu Santideva
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Cut Pieces

Author : Lotte Hoek
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Imagine watching an action film in a small-town cinema hall in Bangladesh, and in between the gun battles and fistfights a short pornographic clip appears. This is known as a cut-piece, a strip of locally made celluloid pornography surreptitiously spliced into the reels of action films in Bangladesh. Exploring the shadowy world of these clips and their place in South Asian film culture, Lotte Hoek builds a rare, detailed portrait of the production, consumption, and cinematic pleasures of stray celluloid. Hoek's innovative ethnography plots the making and reception of Mintu the Murderer (2005, pseud.), a popular, Bangladeshi B-quality action movie and fascinating embodiment of the cut-piece phenomenon. She begins with the early scriptwriting phase and concludes with multiple screenings in remote Bangladeshi cinema halls, following the cut-pieces as they appear and disappear from the film, destabilizing its form, generating controversy, and titillating audiences. Hoek's work shines an unusual light on Bangladesh's state-owned film industry and popular practices of the obscene. She also reframes conceptual approaches to South Asian cinema and film culture, drawing on media anthropology to decode the cultural contradictions of Bangladesh since the 1990s.

Wombs in Labor

Author : Amrita Pande
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Surrogacy is India's new form of outsourcing, as couples from all over the world hire Indian women to bear their children for a fraction of the cost of surrogacy elsewhere with little to no government oversight or regulation. In the first detailed ethnography of India's surrogacy industry, Amrita Pande visits clinics and hostels and speaks with surrogates and their families, clients, doctors, brokers, and hostel matrons in order to shed light on this burgeoning business and the experiences of the laborers within it. From recruitment to training to delivery, Pande's research focuses on how reproduction meets production in surrogacy and how this reflects characteristics of India's larger labor system. Pande's interviews prove surrogates are more than victims of disciplinary power, and she examines the strategies they deploy to retain control over their bodies and reproductive futures. While some women are coerced into the business by their families, others negotiate with clients and their clinics to gain access to technologies and networks otherwise closed to them. As surrogates, the women Pande meets get to know and make the most of advanced medical discoveries. They traverse borders and straddle relationships that test the boundaries of race, class, religion, and nationality. Those who focus on the inherent inequalities of India's surrogacy industry believe the practice should be either banned or strictly regulated. Pande instead advocates for a better understanding of this complex labor market, envisioning an international model of fair-trade surrogacy founded on openness and transparency in all business, medical, and emotional exchanges.

The National Magazine

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King of the Empty Plain

Author : ʼGyur-med-bde-chen (Lo-chen)
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The core of this book is a complete translation of the most famous biography of the great adept Tangtong Gyalpo, King of the Empty Plain (1385-1464), whose impact on the religious, artistic, and technological history of Tibet is unrivaled.

Health and Medicine in the Hindu Tradition

Author : Prakash N. Desai
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"This work analyzes the religious and philosophical underpinnings of the traditions of medicine and the health ideals of Hindus, taking account of their historical and developmental moorings. Hindu concepts of the self and the body are explored to locate the themes of illness, wellness, sexuality, and relationships, on the one hand, and the traditions of curing, on the other. Ayurveda, the principal Hindu medical tradition, is examined from both classical and textual as well as folk and experiential perspectives." "Unlike other volumes in the Health/Medicine and the Faith Traditions series, which have been written by ethicists, church historians, and theologians, this one is the work of a psychiatrist born in India and long resident in the West who deals quite candidly and personally with the tensions in his own life between traditional ways and modern medicine and the difficulties of adherence to Hindu beliefs and values while living in a non-Hindu culture."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Life of the Madman of U

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"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."--

Epistles of a S khya yogin

Author : Dharmameghā Āraṇya (Swāmī.)
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A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems

Author : ʼJam-dbyaṅs-rdo-rje (Smyo-śul Mkhan-po.)
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Presents a comprehensive history of the Nyingtik lineage, which forms the core of the teachings known as Dzogchen.

Early Buddhist Block Prints from Mang Yul Gung Thang

Author : Franz-Karl Ehrhard
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European Bulletin of Himalayan Research

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Divinity Secularized

Author : Dalai Lama VI Tshaṅs-dbyaṅs-rgya-mtsho
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Himalayan Passages

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Explore new research on the religious and cultural traditions of the Himalayan Buddhist world. Over decades, hundreds of American undergraduates spending a semester abroad have been introduced to Tibetan culture in India, Nepal, and China by Hubert Decleer. A number went on to become prominent scholars in the field at institutions such as Yale, Berkeley, and Georgetown, and as a tribute to him they have put together this collection of cutting-edge research in Himalayan studies, bringing together contributions of this new generation with those of senior researchers in the field. This new research on the religion and culture of the Himalayan Buddhist world spans a broad range of subjects, periods, and approaches, and the diversity and strength of the contributions ensures Himalayan Passages be warmly welcomed by scholars, travelers, and Tibetan Buddhists alike. Highlights include: Donald S. Lopez, Jr. tells the story of Gendun Chopel's unusual visit to Sri Lanka in 1941. Leonard van der Kuijp examines the Bodhicittavivarana, an ancient work on the enlightened resolve to free all beings. Kabir Mansingh Heimsath compares Western and Chinese curatorial approaches to Tibetan modern art. Alexander von Rospatt illuminates the fascinating history and artistic details of the famous Svayambhu stupa in Kathmandu. Sarah H. Jacoby translates the short autobiography of Sera Khandro, the celebrated female Tibetan mystic of a century ago. Additional contributors include Franz-Karl Ehrhard, Ernst Steinkellner, Jacob P. Dalton, Iain Sinclair, Anne Vergati, Punya Prasad Parajuli, and Dominique Townsend.

Tibet Handbook

Author : Gyurme Dorje
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Travelers to the Himalayan region will appreciate this complete overview which focuses on Tibet, the cultural heart of Inner Asia, as well as Nepal and Bhutan, where the cultures of the Tibetan world and the Indian subcontinent converge.

Sri Aurobindo The harmony of virtue early cultural writings

Author : Aurobindo Ghose
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Sri Aurobindo

Author : Aurobindo Ghose
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The Divine Madman

Author : Brag-phug Dge-bśes Dge-ʼdun-rin-chen
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A collection of anecdotes and songs by, and concerning, the Tibetan Saint, Buddha Drukpa Kunley.