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  Introduction to the Middle Way: Chandrakirti's Madhyamakavatara with Commentary by Jamgon Mipham -- Now in Paperback
Introduction to the Middle Way: Chandrakirti's Madhyamakavatara with Commentary by Jamgon Mipham -- Now in Paperback


 
Introduction to the Middle Way presents an adventure into the heart of Buddhist wisdom through the Madhyamika, or "middle way" teachings, which are designed to take the ordinary intellect to the limit of its powers and then to show that there is more.

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.

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Chandrakirti's work has been accepted throughout Tibetan Buddhism as the highest expression of the Buddhist view on the sutra level. With Jamgon Mipham's commentary, it is a definitive presentation of the wisdom of emptiness, a central theme of the Buddhist teachings.

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.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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