By Keith Dowman
The Divine Madman is the key biography of 1 of Tibet's best-loved saints, the buddha Drukpa Kunley. Drukpa Kunley was once a "nyomba", a loopy yogi who taught via outrageous habit and ribald humor, via symbolic motion, songs and poetry. utilizing people's emotion, neuroses and sexuality, as a tantric yogi via skillfull capacity and loopy knowledge he woke up their buddha-nature. He belonged to the lineage of Tilo, Naro, Marpa and Milarepa and taught an identical profound Mahamudra yoga, yet his such a lot mystery instructing was once radical Dzogchen, Tibet's existential yoga. He wandered as a tantric beggar via significant and Southern Tibet within the fifteenth century and remains to be recognized there because the hero of anti-establishment and anti-monastic stories and the writer of bawdy songs. yet in Bhutan he grew to become greater than an icon, he nonetheless is the consumer saint of a rustic the place the phallus is respected as a spiritual icon.
This publication is a suite of anecdotes and songs compiled by way of a Bhutanese pupil, Geshe Chaphu, made final century, which grew to become a most sensible vendor within the Himalayas. it's been translated through Keith Dowman into simply available prose and poetry. Lee Baarslag has illustrated the paintings together with her wonderful line-drawings.