Dreaming the Great Brahmin: Tibetan Traditions of the by Kurtis R. Schaeffer

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By Kurtis R. Schaeffer

Dreaming the nice Brahmin explores the production and sport of Buddhist saints via narratives, poetry, paintings, ritual, or even dream visions. the 1st complete cultural and literary historical past of the well known Indian Buddhist poet saint Saraha, referred to as the nice Brahmin, this publication argues that we must always view Saraha no longer because the founding father of a convention, yet fairly as its product. Kurtis Schaeffer indicates how photographs, stories, and teachings of Saraha have been transmitted, reworked, and created via participants of various Buddhist traditions in Tibet, India, Nepal, and Mongolia. the result's that there's no longer one nice Brahmin, yet many. extra extensively, Schaeffer argues that the colossal significance of saints for Buddhism is better understood via taking a look at the artistic variations of such figures that perpetuated their status, for it's there that those saints come to life.

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One time he said to the girl, " B oil some radishes for me, " and the girl went to pull s ome rad­ ishe s . S araha became entranced in meditation and remained so for twelve years. When he arose from that state , as the s ervant girl was supposed to have brought food, he said, "Where are my boiled rad­ ishes ? " The s ervant girl told of his [twelve-year] meditation, at which he s aid, " N ow we must take to a place of solitude . " Then the servant girl said, " I f the cravin gs of the mind are not severed, even though your body is in s olitude you will not find solace .

To the illustrious arrowsmith ' s araha I bow down. Though he has known and seen suchness before the Buddha, Out of compassion for living beings he acted in this realm of becoming with the drama of illusion. For his descendants , the famous Karmapas , the black-hatted schol­ ars who point out the mirage of becoming and quiescence, S araha himself is the very foundation of nonreferential reverence. The path which is the single resolve of all the Buddhas of the three Times, R I T U A L S , P A I N TI N G S , A N D D RE A M S 37 The purport of the Great S eal, unspeakable, inconceivable, ineff­ ablePossessed of thes e resources in the natural and spontaneous s phere, To that p owerful one, erudite and adept, I bow down.

Then she recited the Vedas, and [he] . . questioned her. "You have no hus­ band? " he s aid. " I do not , " s he said. " I f I were to be your husband, would that be fitting? " he said. " I t would, " she said. B ut then [he] was carried away by his four elder brothers and watched over by his younger brother. He thought, "I can't be away from this low-clas s girl! M y mind despairs. " Now, at this time a certain monk came to the king' s castle. Pre­ viously, [he had s een] four brides drink four kinds of mead in four skull-cups in the grove , so he yelled, "That one has taken mead !

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