The birth of a Heruka : how Sangs rgyas rgyal mtshan became by Stefan Larsson

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105 The Tibetan text o f the First volum e (ka) that Stein translated has been published in Zentralasiatische studien, no 8. 1974. A vocabulary with words and their meaning in French is found in Zentralasiatische studien, no 7, 1973, “Vocabulaire tibetain de la Biographie de ’Brug-pa K un-legs,” pp. 129-178. 106 Ardussi 1972 107 An example o f a ’Brug pa kun legs story is found in Das 1970: 9 2 -9 4 . I have taken som e o f the information about ’Brug pa kun legs from Stein’s introduction to V ie e t chants de 'Brug-pa kun-legs le yogin , Stein 1972: 3 -27.

There were some parallels between this fragmented but intellectually produc­ tive Tibet and Italy in the same period, with its political fragmentation into city-states and its extraordinary artistic and scientific productivity. 58 In both cases, artists and scholars had to act stra­ tegically in accepting or refusing patronage, collaborating, and negotiating constantly shifting allegiances. 59 The Mad Yogins of the 15th— 16th Centuries It is within this historical framework that we must include the above­ mentioned mad yogins if we are to understand them.

82). Trungpa 1991; Trungpa 1994; Trungpa 2001. 133 133 See, for example, M iles 1989; Midal 2004; Mukpo and Gimian 2006; Perks 2006. There is also an interesting German translation o f a life story o f the the mad Mongolian master Schagdar who was seen as an incarnation o f the mad Chinese monk Ji gong (von Walter Heissig 1962). 135 Its literal meaning— “complete liberation”— reveals what this form o f literature is generally about, namely outlining a certain individual’s path to liberation (thar pa, moksa).

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