Tales of the Great Brahmin
This chapter examines the two main narrative traditions of Saraha's tale of enlightenment. It describes the first narrative tradition as the radish girl tale and the second as the female arrowsmith of fletcheress. The first is believed to be an oral tradition from the heartland of Buddha's enlightenment itself or the modern Bodhgaya while the second forms the beginning of the Seven Teaching Currents of tantric instructions formulated by Taranatha. This chapter analyzes the relationship between Saraha's hagiographic tales and his dohā verses.
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