Remembering the Lotus-Born

Padmasambhava in the History of Tibet's Golden Age
Author(s): Daniel Hirshberg
Genre: Religion, History
Original Publish Date: Oct 25, 2016
Product Number: EB00672340
Released: Oct 25, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781614292463
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
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Remembering the Lotus-Bornsheds light on the work of Nyangrel Nyima Oser (1124-92), one of the most influential yet least knownfigures in the history of Tibetan Buddhism. His pivotal work, theCopper Island, is the story of how the Indian tantric master Padmasambhava brought Buddhism to the region. This work elevated Padmasambhava to central importance in Tibetan history, and made treasure revelation and recognized reincarnations among the institutions that still define Tibetan culture. Tibetan and Western scholars alike have long assumed that theCopper Island Biography of Padmasambhavawas originally presented as a treasure text (terma). However, investigating the sources of this narrative shows that rather than wholesale invention or simple revelation, theCopper Islandwas a product of the Tibetan assimilation and innovation of core Indian Buddhist literary traditions. These traditions were wellknown to Nyangrel, who is renowned as the first of the great Buddhist treasure revealers.Remembering the Lotus-Borntakes an unprecedented look at Nyangrel's work in theCopper Island, including his contributions tohagiography,reincarnation theory,treasure recovery,historiography. Drawing all these threads together, it concludes by comparing all the available versions of Nyangrel's Padmasambhava narrative to challenge long-held assumptions and clarify its origin and transmission. It received an Honorable Mention from the E. Gene Smith Book Prize Competition in 2018 by the Association for Asian Studies.

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