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#[[Savaripa]], the 'Hunter';
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#[[Shalipa]], the 'Jackal [[Yogin]]';
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#[[Tantepa]], the 'Gambler';
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Eighty-four mahasiddhas (Skt. caturaśītisiddha; Wyl. grub thob brgyad cu rtsa bzhi) — eighty (or eighty four) great siddhas of ancient India whose lives have been recounted by Abhayadatta. By alphabetical order:

  1. Achinta or Achintapa, the 'Avaricious Hermit';
  2. Ajogi or Ayogipa, the 'Rejected Wastrel';
  3. Anangapa, Ananga or Anangavajra, the 'Handsome Fool';
  4. Aryadeva, the 'Lotus-Born' or the 'One-Eyed';
  5. Babhaha, the 'Free Lover';
  6. Bhadrapa, the 'Snob' or the 'Exclusive Brahmin';
  7. Bhandepa, the 'Envious God';
  8. Bhiksanapa, 'Siddha Two-Teeth';
  9. Bhusuku or Bhusukupada, the 'Lazy Monk' or the 'Idle Monk';
  10. Camaripa, the 'Divine Cobbler';
  11. Campaka or Campakapada, the 'Flower King';
  12. Carbaripa or Carpati, 'Who Turned People to Stone' or 'the Petrifyer';
  13. Catrapa, the 'Lucky Beggar';
  14. Caurangipa, the 'Limbless One' or 'the Dismembered Stepson';
  15. Celukapa, the 'Revitalized Drone';
  16. Darikapa, the 'Slave-King of the Temple Whore';
  17. Dengipa, the 'Courtesan's Brahmin Slave';
  18. Dhahulipa, the 'Blistered Rope-Maker';
  19. Dharmapa, the 'Eternal Student' (c.900 CE);
  20. Dhilipa, the 'Epicurean Merchant';
  21. Dhobipa, the 'Wise Washerman';
  22. Dhokaripa, the 'Bowl-Bearer';
  23. Dombi Heruka, the 'Tiger Rider';
  24. Dukhandi, the 'Scavenger';
  25. Ghantapa, the 'Celibate Monk' or the 'Celibate Bell-Ringer';
  26. Gharbari or Gharbaripa, the 'Contrite Scholar' (Skt. pandita)
  27. Godhuripa or Gorura, the 'Bird Catcher';
  28. Goraksa, Gorakhnath or Goraksha, the 'Immortal Cowherd';
  29. Indrabhuti, (his teachings disseminated to Tilopa);
  30. Jalandhara, the 'Dakini's Chosen One';
  31. Jayananda, the 'Crow Master';
  32. Jogipa, the 'Siddha Pilgrim';
  33. Kalapa, the 'Handsome Madman';
  34. Kamparipa, the 'Blacksmith';
  35. Kambala, the 'Yogin of the Black Blanket' (or the 'Black-Blanket-Clad Yogin');
  36. Kanakhala, the younger of the two Headless Sisters or Severed-Headed Sisters;
  37. Kanha or Kanhapa, the 'Dark-Skinned One' (or the 'Dark Siddha');
  38. Kankana, the 'Siddha-King';
  39. Kankaripa, the 'Lovelorn Widower';
  40. Kantalipa, the 'Rag Picker' (or the 'Ragman-Tailor');
  41. Kapalapa, the 'Skull Bearer';
  42. Khadgapa, the 'Master Thief' (or the 'Fearless Thief');
  43. Kilakilapa, the 'Exiled Loud-Mouth';
  44. Kirapalapa, the 'Repentant Conqueror';
  45. Kokilipa, the 'Complacent Aesthete';
  46. Kotalipa, the 'Peasant Guru';
  47. Kuchipa, the 'Goitre-Necked Yogin';
  48. Kukkuripa, the 'Dog Lover';
  49. Kumbharipa, 'the Potter';
  50. Laksminkara, 'The Mad Princess';
  51. Lilapa, the 'Royal Hedonist';
  52. Luchikapa, the 'Escapist';
  53. Luyipa, the 'Fish-Gut Eater';
  54. Mahipa, the 'Greatest';
  55. Manibhadra, the 'Model Wife' or the 'Happy Housewife';
  56. Medhini, the 'Tired Farmer';
  57. Mekhala, the elder of the two Headless Sisters or Severed-Headed Sisters;
  58. Mekopa, the 'Wild-Eyed Guru' (or the 'Guru Dread-Stare');
  59. Minapa, the 'Fisherman';
  60. Nagabodhi, the 'Red-Horned Thief';
  61. Nagarjuna;
  62. Nalinapa, the 'Self-Reliant Prince';
  63. Naropa;
  64. Nirgunapa, the 'Enlightened Moron';
  65. Pacharipa, the 'Pastrycook';
  66. Pankajapa, the 'Lotus-Born Brahmin';
  67. Putalipa, the 'Mendicant Icon-Bearer';
  68. Rahula, the 'Rejuvenated Dotard';
  69. Saraha, the 'Arrow Maker';
  70. Sakara;
  71. Samudra, the 'Pearl Diver';
  72. Shantipa, the 'Academic' (or the 'Complacent Missionary')
  73. Sarvabhaksa, the 'Empty-Bellied Siddha' (or the 'Glutton');
  74. Shavaripa, the 'Hunter';
  75. Shalipa, the 'Jackal Yogin';
  76. Tantepa, the 'Gambler';
  77. Tantipa, the 'Senile Weaver';
  78. Thaganapa, the 'Compulsive Liar';
  79. Tilopa;
  80. Udhilipa, the 'Flying Siddha' (the 'Bird-Man');
  81. Upanaha, the 'Bootmaker';
  82. Vinapa, the 'Music Lover', the 'Musician';
  83. Virupa;
  84. Vyalipa, the 'Courtesan's Alchemist'.

Further Reading

  • Abhayadatta, Buddha's Lions: Lives of the Eighty-four Siddhas, translated by James B. Robinson (Emeryville: Dharma Publishing, 1979).
  • Dowman, Keith, Buddhist Masters of Enchantment: The Lives and Legends of the Mahasiddhas (Rochester: Inner Traditions, 1998).

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