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Apparitions of the Self

Apparitions of the Self - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691009483

Cover of Apparitions of the Self 98 (ISBN 978-0691009483)
ISBN13: 978-0691009483
ISBN10: 0691009481

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 1998
International: No

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Apparitions of the Self - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691009483

Janet Gyatso

ISBN13: 978-0691009483
ISBN10: 0691009481

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

Apparitions of the Self is a groundbreaking investigation into what is known in Tibet as "secret autobiography," an exceptional, rarely studied literary genre that presents a personal exploration of intimate religious experiences. In this volume, Janet Gyatso translates and studies the outstanding pair of secret autobiographies by the famed Tibetan Buddhist visionary, Jigme Lingpa (17301798), whose poetic and selfconscious writings are as much about the nature of his own identity, memory, and the undecidabilities of autobiographical truth as they are narrations of the actual content of his experiences. Their translation in this book marks the first time that works of this sort have been translated in a Western language. Gyatso is among the first to consider Tibetan literature from a comparative perspective, examining the surprising fitas well as the misfitof Western literary theory with Tibetan autobiography. She examines the intriguing questions of why Tibetan Buddhists produced so many autobiographies (far more than other Asian Buddhists) and how autobiographical selfassertion is possible even while Buddhists believe that the self is ultimately an illusion. Also explored are Jigme Lingpa's historical milieu, his revelatory visions of the ancient Tibetan dynasty, and his meditative practices of personal cultivation. The book concludes with a study of the subversive female figure of the "Dakini" in Jigme Lingpa's writings, and the implications of her gender, her sexuality, and her unsettling discourse for the autobiographical subject in Tibet.

Author Bio

Gyatso, Janet : Amherst College


Janet Gyatso is Associate Professor of Religion at Amherst College. She is the editor of In the Mirror of Memory: Reflections on Mindfulness and Remembrance in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism.

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