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Echoes of Enlightenment: The Life and Legacy of Sonam Peldren

Suzanne M. Bessenger


This book explores the previously unavailable religious biography of the fourteenth-century Tibetan female saint Sönam Peldren (Tib: bsod nams dpal ‘dren, 1328–1372, tentative). Purportedly illiterate and religiously and politically unaffiliated, Sönam Peldren was a nomadic woman whose claims of being a “naturally liberated” emanation of the female deity Dorjé Pakmo initially elicited shock and scorn in her nomadic community. A miraculous death and her husband Rinchen Pel’s biography of her life, however, transformed her communal memory from ridicule to adoration. Sönam Peldren’s ensuing cultu ... More

Keywords: Sönam Peldren, Rinchen Pel, Dorjé Pakmo, Tibet, Buddhism, hagiography, biography, songs of realization, female saint

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190225278
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190225278.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Suzanne M. Bessenger, author
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Randolph College