[Buddha-l] Milarepa--his story & translations

Christopher Fynn chris.fynn at gmail.com
Mon Jun 25 02:35:33 MDT 2012

On 25/06/2012, Jo <jkirk at spro.net> wrote:
> [From an IER list member):
> I haven't seen Idoeta's Spanish translation, but maybe it's worth
> mentioning
> that Idoeta, who seems from his Wikipedia page to be primarily a
> Sinologist,
> has as far as I know had little or no contact with the Tibetanist
> community.
> He seems to be best known for his strongly pro-Chinese position on the
> Chinese occupation of Tibet. Of course, he still may have done a competent
> translation of the Milarepa biography.

There is a Chinese translation of Milarepa's hagiography. Perhaps
Idoeta's Spanish translation is based on that version?

At one time the Chinese communists quite approved of Milarepa -
portraying him as a kind of "people's lama" who had none of the
trappings of wealth and power of the Tibetan religious hierarchs they
were opposed to.  I don't know how he would fit in with "To be rich is
glorious"  though.

- C

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