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The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet's Great Saint Milarepa (South Asia Across the Disciplines) Paperback – November 5, 2013

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The most important study yet published about the literary tradition surrounding the greatest single work in Tibetan literature. It does more than any previous study to give historical access to the life (and lives) of Tibet's most revered and influential yogin and poet.

(Roger R. Jackson, Carleton College)

This book studies the making of perhaps the greatest masterpiece in Tibetan history. Quintman shows how a bare account of events is transformed into a human story that touches the lives of both its author and its avid readers, making a signal contribution to the study of literature and its place in religion.

(Janet Gyatso, Harvard Divinity School)


Quintman is the leading authority on the Milarepa story, and this book is the most important contribution to our understanding of this great narrative's rich history to date.

(Kurtis R. Schaeffer, University of Virginia)

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Andrew Quintman is assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University, specializing in the Buddhist traditions of Tibet and the Himalaya. For seven years he served as the academic director of the School for International Training's Tibetan Studies program based in Kathmandu. He is the author of The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of the Great Tibetan Saint Milarepa (Columbia University Press 2013) and his English translation of The Life of Milarepa was published in 2010 in the Penguin Classics series. He recently co-edited Himalayan Passages: Tibetan and Newar Studies in Honor of Hubert Decleer (Wisdom 2014). He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Group of the American Academy of Religion, and is co-leading a five-year seminar at the AAR on Religion and the Literary in Tibet.

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