Invitation to Enlightenment, letters by the masters
Matricheta and Candragomin, eloquently emphasize the meaning of right
view, compassion, non-harming, the sufferings of samsara, the folly of
procrastination, and the benefits of following the Buddha's teachings.
Matricheta's Letter to the Great King Kanishka written
in his old age to a young ruler who will become the greatest of the
Kusana kings, expresses sound spiritual advice in poetry that attunes
mind and senses to the power of selfless action. Candragomin's Letter to a Disciple
holds a mirror to the psyche, inviting readers to comprehend the full
effects of their actions and resolve to free themselves of all that
perpetuates suffering for self and others. Both texts point to the
possibility of liberation in this very lifetime.
benefits of following the Buddha's teachings, these works support the
path of readers new to the Dharma as well as students more familiar with
For serious students, and for scholars
interested in checking specific passages, both texts were published with
the English translations and original texts on facing pages. Also
included are notes translated from Tibetan commentaries on Candragomin's
letter, supplemented by variant readings, analyses of Tibetan and
Sanskrit vocabulary, and a facsimile of the old palm leaf Sanskrit
460 pages. Paperback. This copy has some fading to the spine.