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Divine Madman

Divine Madman - coverThe Divine Madman
- The Sublime Life and Songs of Drukpa Kunley
— translated by Keith Dowman

This is the secret biography of one of Tibets foremost saints - Drukpa Kunley (1455-1570). Appearing in the spiritual lineage established by Tilopa, is an incarnation of the great Mahasiddha, Saraha.

Drukpa Kunley was a "nyomba" - a crazy yogi who taught through outrageous behavior and ribald humor, through symbolic action, songs and poetry. Using people's emotion, neuroses and sexuality, as a tantric yogi through skillfull means and crazy wisdom he awakened their buddha-nature.

Drukpa KunleyHe belonged to the lineage of Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa and Milarepa and taught the same profound Mahamudra yoga, but his most secret teaching was radical Dzogchen - Tibet's existential yoga.

He wandered as a tantric beggar through Central and Southern Tibet in the 15th century and is still well-known there as the hero of anti-establishment and anti-monastic tales and the author of bawdy songs. But in Bhutan he became more than an icon, he still is the patron saint of a country where the phallus is revered as a religious icon.

This book is a collection of anecdotes and songs compiled by a Bhutanese scholar - Geshe Chaphu - made last century, which became a best seller in the Himalayas. It has been translated by Keith Dowman into easily accessible prose and poetry. Lee Baarslag has illustrated the work with her fine line-drawings.

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