Taranatha's Life of Krsnacarya / Kanha

Taranatha's Life of Krsnacarya / Kanha

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Author: Jonang Taranatha
Translator(s): David Templeman
Publisher: Library of Tibetan Works & Archives
Year: 1989
Language: English
Pages: 176
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185102708


This biography of one of he charismatic Indian siddhas, or tantric adepts, prominent in the tantric lineages that were conveyed to Tibet, particularly those concerning Cakrasamvara and Vajravarahi, was compiled by the renowned Tibetan historian Jonang Taranatha from both written and oral sources.

He describes Krsnacarya's training with his own guru, Jalandharipa, his exploits in various parts of India, which included discovery of the Samputatilaka Tantra, and his eventual untimely death. His Life, which is interesting as much for its setbacks as for its success, is typical of the siddha tradition to which he belonged.

Of the various yogic tradition which flourished in the different regions of India, Krsnacarya was largely responsible for propagating the Carya tradition in the East. Summarized accounts of Krsnacarya's main male and female disciples, as well as sundry other stories concerning the order of Caryapa yogis, are also recounted here.





Krsnacarya's Early Life and Relationship with his Guru
Feats in Various Parts of India
Events Surrounding Krsnacarya's Death
Principal Male Disciples
Principal Female Disciples
Other Disciples


Supplementary Material Concerning Krsnacarya
Stories of Subsequent Yogis of the Carya Lineage
List of Works by Krsnacarya Found in the Tanjur


Index of Sanskrit Terms
Index of Tibetan Terms
Index of English Terms