This book includes a verse translation of Chandrakirti's Madhyamakavatara, a seminal work for the study of Mahayana Buddhism, followed by The Word of Chandra: The Necklace of Spotless Crystal, an exhaustive logical explanation of its meaning by the 19th-century Tibetan master Jamgon Mipham. Chandrakirti's work is an introduction to the Madhyamika teachings of Nagarjuna, which are themselves a systematization fo the Prajnaparamita, or "Perfection of Wisdom" literature, the sutras on the crucial but elusive subject of emptiness.Also included by the translators is a thorough introduction offering a brief guide to the Madhyamika school and the role Chandrakirti played in it, together with a discussion of Jamgon Mipham's particular approach to Madhyamika.
Chandrakirti was a seventh-century Indian Buddhist philosopher and siddha, the abbot of the great monastic university of Nalanda. He is revered for his interpretation of Nagarjuna's teaching on Madhyamika.
Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche (1846-1912), one of the great luminaries of Tibetan Buddhism in modern times, was an important member of the Rime, or nonsectarian, movement, which did much to strengthen and preserve the entire tradition. A scholar of outstanding brilliance and versatility, his translated works are eagerly anticipated by English language readers.
The Padmakara Translation Group, based in France, has a distinguished reputation for all its translations of Tibetan texts and teachings. Its work has been published in several languages and is renowned for its clear and accurate literary style.
412 pp. Paperback.