Four Illusions: Candrakirti's Advice to Travelers on the Bodhisattva Path

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Overview

This book provides the first English translation of Candrakirti's commentary (ca. 6-7th century C.E.) on four illusions that prevent us from becoming Buddhas. Lang's translation captures the clarity of Candrakirti's arguments and the lively humor of the stories and examples he uses. Lang's introduction explores the range of Candrakirti's interests in religion, philosophy, psychology, politics, and erotic poetry.

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"Lang has done an admirable job of translating an often difficult text into English. ... This book is a significant contribution to the field of Buddhist studies, particularly for those interested in Madhyamaka philosophy."—Religious Studies Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195151138
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/27/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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University of Virginia
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Notes on the Translation
I Introduction 1
1 Travelers on the Buddha's Path 3
2 Mortal Bodies 31
3 The Body in Pain 50
4 The Danger of Corporeal Passions 68
5 The King as the Embodiment of Egotism 88
II Translation 109
6 Rejecting the Illusion of Permanence 111
7 Rejecting the Illusion of Pleasure 133
8 Rejecting the Illusion of Purity 164
9 Rejecting the Illusion of Egotism 186
Notes 209
Bibliography 223
Index 234
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