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Dreaming the Great Brahmin: Tibetan Traditions of the Buddhist Poet-Saint Saraha

Kurtis R. Schaeffer


This book explores the creation and recreation of Buddhist saints through narratives, poetry, art, ritual, and even dream visions. Looking at the cultural and literary history of the well-known Indian Buddhist poet saint Saraha, known as the Great Brahmin, this book argues that we should view Saraha not as the founder of a tradition, but rather as its product. The book shows how images, tales, and teachings of Saraha were transmitted, transformed, and created by members of diverse Buddhist traditions in Tibet, India, Nepal, and Mongolia. The result is that there is not one Great Brahmin, but m ... More

Keywords: Buddhist saints, narratives, poetry, art, ritual, dream visions, Saraha, Great Brahmin, Tibet, India

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195173734
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173734.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kurtis R. Schaeffer, author
University of Alabama