Dreaming the Great Brahmin: Tibetan Traditions of the Buddhist Poet-Saint Saraha
Dreaming the Great Brahmin explores the creation and recreation of Buddhist saints through narratives, poetry, art, ritual, and even dream visions. The first comprehensive cultural and literary history of the well-known Indian Buddhist poet saint Saraha, known as the Great Brahmin, this book argues that we should view Saraha not as the founder of a tradition, but rather as its product. Kurtis Schaeffer shows how images, tales, and teachings of Saraha were transmitted, transformed, and created by members of diverse Buddhist traditions in Tibet, India, Nepal, and Mongolia. The result is that there is not one Great Brahmin, but many. More broadly, Schaeffer argues that the immense importance of saints for Buddhism is best understood by looking at the creative adaptations of such figures that perpetuated their fame, for it is there that these saints come to life.
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PART I Traditions of Saraha in Tibet
PART II Traditions of Sarahas Songs in Tibet
PART III The Treasury of Doh257 Verses and Ornamental Flower for the Doh257s
In Praise of the Great Brahmin
Appendix 1 Compositional Features in the Anthologies of Phadampa Sangye
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