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

Jo jkirk at spro.net
Mon Jun 25 08:22:40 MDT 2012

Hi Chris,

Only reason I'm still on this list is because of your occasional informative
and or witty posts.


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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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