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Nyangrel Nyima Oser (1124 92) is one of the more perplexing figures in Tibet's cultural history. His importance for being the first to introduce Padmasambhava as the Tibetan culture hero cannot be overestimated, as are the revelatory texts and perhaps also the history of Buddhism in India and Tibet with which he is credited. Yet not much is known about his intellectual and spiritual development. In his splendid study, Hirshberg sums up his importance in the following words: Nyangrel was both the architect of his enlightened identity and the product of his time. He was at once an excavator of Tibet's past and the author of its future. Hirshberg's meticulous analyses go a long way in leading us to understand the text-historical issues that beset his hagiography of Padmasambhava and his chronicle of Buddhism. No one engaged in the serious study of Tibetan culture can ignore this masterful work that is destined to change minds. --Leonard van der Kuijp, Harvard University"

The centrality of the Indian tantric master Padmasambhava to Tibetan historical sensibilities has long been understood, but the formation of the key legends and their promulgation as virtually a national mythology have only recently begun to receive the sustained attention of scholars. In Remembering the Lotus-Born, Daniel Hirshberg advances the inquiry, demonstrating the interrelations that emerged among Tibetan cultural memory, Buddhist theories of reincarnation, and the ongoing revelation of terma, or treasures. I highly recommend this important contribution to the history of Buddhism in Tibet. --Matthew Kapstein, University of Chicago & Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes"

Hirshberg s remarkable study throws an entirely new light on Nyangrel Nyima Oser, one of the most influential figures in the entire history of Tibetan religion. Hirshberg s point of departure is Nyangrel s production of the famousCopper Island Biography of Padmasambhava. In addition, Hirshberggoes onto show howNyangrel also shaped wider Tibetan Buddhism in several fundamentally important yet hitherto unexpected ways, far beyond the confines of the Nyingma school that he is already well known for having re-founded. --Robert Mayer, Oxford University"

"Nyangrel Nyima Oser (1124-92) is one of the more perplexing figures in Tibet's cultural history. His importance for being the first to introduce Padmasambhava as the Tibetan culture hero cannot be overestimated, as are the revelatory texts and perhaps also the history of Buddhism in India and Tibet with which he is credited. Yet not much is known about his intellectual and spiritual development. In his splendid study, Hirshberg sums up his importance in the following words: 'Nyangrel was both the architect of his enlightened identity and the product of his time. He was at once an excavator of Tibet's past and the author of its future.' Hirshberg's meticulous analyses go a long way in leading us to understand the text-historical issues that beset his hagiography of Padmasambhava and his chronicle of Buddhism. No one engaged in the serious study of Tibetan culture can ignore this masterful work that is destined to change minds."--Leonard van der Kuijp, Harvard University

"The centrality of the Indian tantric master Padmasambhava to Tibetan historical sensibilities has long been understood, but the formation of the key legends and their promulgation as virtually a national mythology have only recently begun to receive the sustained attention of scholars. In Remembering the Lotus-Born, Daniel Hirshberg advances the inquiry, demonstrating the interrelations that emerged among Tibetan cultural memory, Buddhist theories of reincarnation, and the ongoing revelation of terma, or 'treasures.' I highly recommend this important contribution to the history of Buddhism in Tibet."--Matthew Kapstein, University of Chicago & Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

"Hirshberg's remarkable study throws an entirely new light on Nyangrel Nyima Oser, one of the most influential figures in the entire history of Tibetan religion. Hirshberg's point of departure is Nyangrel's production of the famous Copper Island Biography of Padmasambhava. In addition, Hirshberg goes on to show how Nyangrel also shaped wider Tibetan Buddhism in several fundamentally important yet hitherto unexpected ways, far beyond the confines of the Nyingma school that he is already well known for having re-founded."--Robert Mayer, Oxford University

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Daniel Hirshberg earned in PhD from Harvard in 2012 and is an assistant professor in the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion at the University of Mary Washington in Fredricksburg, Virginia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It explains the history of Padmasambhava in great detail, I really enjoyed the illustrations as well 20 Feb. 2017
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I have been studying Tibetan Buddhism for quite some time now and found this book very helpful. . It explains the history of Padmasambhava in great detail, I really enjoyed the illustrations as well. The authors insights are quite valuable. It is a book that I will go back to time and time again as a resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What we know about Padmasabhava 31 May 2017
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Remembering the Lotus-Born is a rich, scholarly look at one of the most revered meditation masters of Tibetan Buddhism. Like the book Zealot by Reza Aslan, Dan provides the facts that we know about Padmasambhava, and gives context for the mythology that was created around this figure. It is an important book for students of Tibetan Buddhism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended for Practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism 20 Feb. 2017
By Deborah Calloway - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a long time practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. This book provides a scholarly look at historical documentary materials relating to Padmasambhava, Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhist texts, reincarnation, Tibetan Buddhist history, etc. Dan Hirshberg's research is informed both by his scholarly background and by his background as a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. I found the research, insights, and conclusions in this book extremely helpful to inform my understanding of the source of the teachings I have encountered and the practices I engage in.
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