The Biographies of Rechungpa: The Evolution of a Tibetan

The Biographies of Rechungpa: The Evolution of a Tibetan Hagiography This book traces the lifestory of Rechungpa the student of the famous teacher Milarepa using rare and little known manuscripts, and discovers how the image of both Milarepa and Rechungpa underwent fundamental transformations over a period of over three centuriesPeter Alan Roberts compares significant episodes in the life of Rechungpa as portrayed in a succession of texts, and thus demonstrates the evolution of Rechungpa s biography This is the first survey of the surviving literature which includes a detailed analysis of their dates, authorship and interrelationships It shows how Rechungpa was increasingly portrayed as a rebellious, volatile and difficult pupil, as a lineage from a fellow pupil prospered to become dominant in TibetWritten in a style that makes it accessible to broad readership, Roberts book will be of great value to anyone with an interest in the fields of Tibetan literature, history or religion

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