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Title: Chronological Conundrums in the Life of Khyung po rnal ’byor: Hagiography and Historical Time
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: Matthew Kapstein
One Sentence Summary: A discussion of chronological incongruities in the hagiography of Khyung po rnal ’byor.

Description: Traditional sources attribute to Khyung po rnal ’byor, the founder of the Shangs pa bka’ brgyud lineage, a lifespan of 150 years beginning in a tiger year, usually thought to be 978 or 990. A careful examination of the chronological indications given in his rnam thar, however, suggest that it is implausible to hold that Khyung po was born prior to the middle years of the eleventh century. The present communication surveys the relevant evidence for Khyung po’s dating, and demonstrates the reasons for which traditional historians regarded his career as beginning a full half century or more earlier than it actually did. It will be seen that the questions raised here are pertinent to the larger problems surrounding the authenticity of Shangpa origins overall. (Than Garson 2005-09-22)

URL: http://www.thlib.org/collections/texts/jiats/#jiats=/01/kapstein/
Extent: 14 pp.
Subject: Khyungpo Nenjor (khyung po rnal ’byor)
Classification: Tibetan and Himalayan -- Journals -- Journals Focused on Regions -- Tibet -- JIATS -- Issue 1 (October 2005)
Tibetan and Himalayan -- Tibetan Literature -- Literary Genres -- Hagiography
Tibetan and Himalayan -- Religion -- Tibetan Sects -- Kagyü (bka' brgyud) -- Shangpa (shangs pa)
Tibetan and Himalayan -- Journals -- THL-Hosted Online Journals -- JIATS -- Issue 1 (October 2005)
Cultural Coverage: Tibet
Temporal coverage: 11th century CE
Source URL: http://www.jiats.org/
Source: Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies
Source Number: 1
Format: Online resource
Media type: Text
Resource Type: Article
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Date Of Record Creation: 2005-09-21 12:14:26
Date Record Checked: 2005-09-21
Date Last Modified: 2006-06-29 17:32:09
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