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The Biographies of Rechungpa: The Evolution of a Tibetan Hagiography (Routledgecurzon Critical Studies in Buddhism) [Kindle Edition]

Peter Alan Roberts

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This book traces the lifestory of Rechungpa (1084-1161) - 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 centuries.


Peter 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 Tibet.


Written 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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About the Author

Peter Alan Roberts is a writer, translator and interpreter. He was born in South Wales, received his doctorate in Tibetan Studies at the University of Oxford, and worked as a Tibetan translator at Samye Ling Centre in Scotland. He presently lives in Hollywood, California.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1675 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0415769957
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (12 Mar. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SJWT5W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,289,656 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ... the book yet] Rechungpa's life is exciting and a fantastic tale of a wild yogi but don't except an ... 19 Dec. 2014
By Mr. S. Bokonyi - Published on Amazon.com
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[Have to admit I haven't finished the book yet] Rechungpa's life is exciting and a fantastic tale of a wild yogi but don't except an entertaining read of that here. If you are diligent enough to extract the meaning from the ocean of footnotes and references you can get a very clear picture of Rechungpa's life and I guess that was the aim of Mr Peter Alan Roberts.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanna know the truth? 7 April 2015
By Walkir - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting and mind opening book. It shows how the history can became a bed story...
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 Dec. 2014
By Petia Nikolova - Published on Amazon.com
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Very useful book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars review of the book 28 Jan. 2013
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This book is a tough read. It is written in the scholastic style which renders it both unreadable and largely unintelligable, not to mention it renders an important and fascinating topic - dull. Wish it was in a more readable format for regular folks like me.
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