Saraha

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Saraha (Wyl. mda' bsnun) - one of the greatest Indian mahasiddhas famous for his songs of realization (Skt. dohā). He was also one of Nagarjuna's teachers. In iconography he is depicted holding an arrow. According to tradition, his dohas are divided into three cycles: the King Dohas, Queen Dohas and People Dohas.

Writings

  • Treasury of Songs (Skt. Dohākoṣa)

Further Reading

  • Abhayadatta, Buddha's Lions: Lives of the Eighty-four Siddhas, Emeryville, Dharma Publishing, 1979
  • H.V. Guenther, Ecstatic Spontaneity: Saraha's Three Cycles of Doha, Asian Humanities Press, 1993 (includes translations of the King, Queen and People Dohas)
  • H.V. Guenther, The Royal Song of Saraha, Berkeley: Shambhala, 1973
  • Kurtis R. Schaeffer, Dreaming the Great Brahmin: Tibetan Traditions of the Buddhist Poet-Saint Saraha, Oxford University Press, 2005
  • Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, A Song for the King: Saraha on Mahamudra Meditation, ed. by Michele Martin, tr. by Michele Martin & Peter O'Hearn, Boston: Wisdom

2006

  • Roger R. Jackson, Tantric Treasures: Three Collections of Mystical Verse from Buddhist India, Oxford University Press, 2004

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