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Tantric Treasures: Three Collections of Mystical Verse from Buddhist India


This book provides accurate, accessible translations of three classics of medieval Indian Buddhist mysticism: the “couplet-treasuries” of the great tantric masters Saraha, Kanha, and Tilopa. Since their composition around 1000 CE, these poems have exerted a powerful influence on spiritual life, as well as poetry and song, in India, Nepal, and Tibet. The book offers new translations of the poetry aiming to capture the sense and spirit of the poems in the original. It also offers an introduction that summarizes the latest scholarship, situating the poems in their historical context.

Keywords: medieval, Indian Buddhist mysticism, Saraha, Kanha, Tipola, India, Nepal, Tibet, poem

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195166415
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195166418.001.0001
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