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Ecstatic Spontaneity: Saraha's Three Cycles of Doha
By: Guenther, Herbert

Ecstatic Spontaneity: Saraha's Three Cycles of Doha Guenther, Herbert

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Author: Guenther, Herbert
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"Hermeneutical thinking poses a challenge to the hegemony of representational thinking, which in turn tends to dismiss it as the plaything of 'eccentrics'. Saraha was one such eccentric. The Buddhists had a different name for his kind. They are called mahasiddha 'achievers'... Saraha stands out among the eccentric achievers for the sheer volume of work he produced and the influence it had on later Tibetan works in the genre."

"The present book is divided into two parts. Part one opens with a brief account of Saraha's life, or what little we know of it, and a survey of the trilogy of songs that make up his opus magnum : the People, King, and Queen Doha . The chapters that follow deal with three basic and interlocking concepts that I consider central to appreciating the content of the songs: wholeness, body, and complexity....
Part two contains an annotated translation of Saraha's Three Cycles of Doha.... I have drawn heavily on what I see as clear affinities between modern 'process thinking' and the ancient Buddhist notion of the Way in its dual role as process and guide. --- from the Preface

Ecstatic Spontaneity, Herbert Guenther, Asian Humanities Press, Paperback, 241 pages, $30.00

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