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Shavaripa (Skt. Śāvaripa ; Wyl. sha ba ri pa or ri khrod dbang phyug), the 'Hunter' — one of the eighty-four mahasiddhas of India. Shavaripa was a hunter who turned to the Buddhist path and renounced his livelihood after an encounter with the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. He later became a disciple of Nagarjuna and a teacher of Maitripa. Shavaripa is a key figure in the transmission of the early Mahamudra lineage of teachings in India, and counted among the 'Indian Patriarchs' of the Kagyü lineage.

Further Reading

  • Keith Dowman
    • Masters of Mahāmudrā: Songs and Histories of the Eighty-four Buddhist Siddhas (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1986), Chapter 5, 'The Mahāsiddha Śavaripa, The Hunter'.
    • Buddhist Masters of Enchantment: The Lives and Legends of the Mahasiddhas (Rochester: Inner Traditions, 1998), 'Savaripa, The Hunter'.

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