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"This wild story of the fifteenth-century tantric yogin Kunga Zangpo is a remarkable piece of Tibetan Buddhist sacred biography. Composed in two parts, during and shortly after Kunga Zangpo's life, the biography offers intimate and captivating descriptions of his yogic experiences, miracles and magical attainments, and his daring role in society as an exemplary saintly madman. David DiValerio's exceptional translation makes the Life accessible to English readers for the first time." --Bryan J. Cuevas, translator of The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat: The Life of Ra Lotsawa


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"The Life of this remarkable and controversial figure, now available in English for the first time, provides new means for understanding the tradition of the "holy madman" (smyon pa) in Tibetan Buddhism."--Reading Religion


"This wild story of the fifteenth-century tantric yogin Kunga Zangpo is a remarkable piece of Tibetan Buddhist sacred biography. Composed in two parts, during and shortly after Kunga Zangpo's life, the biography offers intimate and captivating descriptions of his yogic experiences, miracles and magical attainments, and his daring role in society as an exemplary saintly madman. David DiValerio's exceptional translation makes the Life accessible to English readers for the first time." --Bryan J. Cuevas, translator of The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat: The Life of Ra Lotsawa


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-The Life of the Madman of U offers an exceptional case study for understanding the tradition of holy madness in Tibetan Buddhism, and DiValerio's masterful translation is clean and accessible to both Tibetologists and lay readers. In the broader field of Tibetan studies, the book adds greatly to our understanding of Tibetan history, religion, and culture.---Reading Religion


-This wild story of the fifteenth-century tantric yogin Kunga Zangpo is a remarkable piece of Tibetan Buddhist sacred biography. Composed in two parts, during and shortly after Kunga Zangpo's life, the biography offers intimate and captivating descriptions of his yogic experiences, miracles and magical attainments, and his daring role in society as an exemplary saintly madman. David DiValerio's exceptional translation makes the Life accessible to English readers for the first time.- --Bryan J. Cuevas, translator of The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat: The Life of Ra Lotsawa


About the Author

David M. DiValerio is Assistant Professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He completed his PhD in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, and has conducted research in India, Nepal, and Tibet.

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