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  • Published: 23 September 2015
  • ISBN: 9780142422618
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $39.99
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The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat

The Life of Ra Lotsawa



Now available for the first time in a complete English translation, the wondrous story of one of the most notorious figures in Tibetan Buddhism: the infamous sorcerer Ra Lotsawa

The story of Tibet’s notorious master of Buddhist sorcery—translated for the first time into English

An essential sacred text of Tibetan Buddhism, The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat tells the wondrous story of Ra Lotsawa Dorjé Drak. Though he was can­onized as a saint and a fully enlightened buddha, the eleventh-century Ra Lotsawa’s life story presents a darker path than those taken by Siddhartha Gautama and Milarepa. Viewed by some as a mur­derous villain and by others as a liberator of human suffering, Ra Lotsawa used his formidable power and magical abilities to defeat his rivals, accumulate wealth, and amass a devoted following. His life offers a rare view into the often overlooked roles of magic and sorcery in the Buddhist tradition. Despite this sinister legacy, his fame also rests on an illustrious career as a translator of Buddhist scriptures, through which he helped spark a renaissance of Buddhism in Tibet. This spirited new translation gives readers in English their first opportunity to encounter one of the most colorful and memorable figures in Tibetan Buddhist history.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

  • Published: 23 September 2015
  • ISBN: 9780142422618
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $39.99
Categories:

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