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Translation and Analysis of "The Life of Ra Lotsawa," a 13th-Century Biography of a Tibetan Buddhist Saint
Bryan Cuevas, Florida State University

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The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat: The Life of Ra Lotsawa (Penguin Classics) (Book)
Title: The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat: The Life of Ra Lotsawa (Penguin Classics)
Author: Ra Yeshé Sengé
Abstract: An essential sacred text of Tibetan Buddhism, The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat tells the wondrous story of Ra Lotsawa Dorjé Drak. Though he was can­onized as a saint and a fully enlightened buddha, the eleventh-century Ra Lotsawa’s life story presents a darker path than those taken by Siddhartha Gautama and Milarepa. Viewed by some as a mur­derous villain and by others as a liberator of human suffering, Ra Lotsawa used his formidable power and magical abilities to defeat his rivals, accumulate wealth, and amass a devoted following. His life offers a rare view into the often overlooked roles of magic and sorcery in the Buddhist tradition. Despite this sinister legacy, his fame also rests on an illustrious career as a translator of Buddhist scriptures, through which he helped spark a renaissance of Buddhism in Tibet. This spirited new translation gives readers in English their first opportunity to encounter one of the most colorful and memorable figures in Tibetan Buddhist history.
Year: 2015
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Publisher: Penguin Random House
Type: Translation
ISBN: 9780142422618
Translator: Bryan J. Cuevas
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes