Apparitions of the Self: The Secret Autobiographies of a Tibetan Visionary

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 2001 - Lamas - 360 pages
Apparitions of the Self is a groundbreaking investigation into what is known in Tibet as secret autobiography , an exceptional, rarely studied literary genre that presents a personal exploration of intimate religious experiences. In this volume, Janet Gyatso translates and studies the outstanding pair of secret autobiographies by the famed Tibetan Buddhist visionary, Jigme Lingpa (1730-1798). Gyatso`s translation marks the first time that works of this sort have appeared in a Western language. It is only one of the many virtues of Janet Gyatso`s Apparitions of the Self that it gives us, at last, a full portrait of a Buddhist saint in all his self-admitted complexity and ambiguity...Lucid and literate...Significant points to ponder and subtle arguments to which to respond. This exceptional volume combines concise and felicitous translation with clear commentary and insightful analysis....What lends considerable interest to this work is the comparison Gyatso....makes between Tibetan literature and Western literary theory... (Apparitions of the Self) serves as a model of innovative scholarship.
 

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Remarkable in every respect. Biographies are rare in themselves, but a secret autobiography of one of the most commended lineage masters is something truly special. With a biography you profit from ... Read full review

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A fascinating book about a pivotal figure in the Nyingma tradition. In a culture which believes in reincarnation while affirming the 'empty' nature of a separate self, the subject of one's true ... Read full review

Contents

A Word to the Reader
14
Dakkis Grand SecretTalk
55
Notes to the Translation
63
Autobiography in Tibet
101
The Life of Jigme Lingpa
124
Treasure Discoverer
145
Master of Experience
182
NoSelf Self and Other Dancing Moons
211
On Gender Language and
243
Epilogue Subjectivity without Essence
265
The Autobiographies and Biographies of Jigme Lingpa
273
Notes
281
Bibliography
311
Index
339
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