Golden Garland of Eloquence - Vol. 2: Legs Bshad Gser Phrengby Tsong Kha Pa, Gareth Sparham (Translator)
Golden Garland of Eloquence (Legs bshad gser phreng) is the famous Perfection of Wisdom (prajnaparamita) commentary written by the influential Tibetan writer Tsong kha pa (1356-1419). It is Tsong kha pa's first major work, written before his better known works on Madhyamaka. It is greatly respected and much studied by all schools of Buddhism in Tibet.The Golden Garland supplements the two main Indian Perfection of Wisdom commentaries, Arya Vimuktisena's Vrtti and Haribhadra's Aloka, on which it is based. It explains the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras and earlier commentaries in detail, glossing difficult words and going into detailed explanations of difficult points. It introduces the reader to some twenty works by the most important Indian Perfection of Wisdom writers, and to the earlier Tibetan traditions of Ngok and Dolpopa, and the traditions of Buton and Nyaon. This translation makes available, for the first time in English, an example of the rich Tibetan Perfection of Wisdom commentarial tradition and will be of interest to both scholars and informed general readers alike.
This is the first of four volumes.
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Volume 2 of Golden Garland of Eloquence completes the first half of the translation of Tsong kha pa's Tibetan commentary on Maitreya's Abhisamayalamkara, 'Ornament for the Clear Realizations' (See my review of vol. 1). It covers the second and third abhisamayas, or clear realizations: 'Knowledge of Paths,' and 'All- knowledge,' respectively. Gareth Sparham has also separately translated the book that this is a commentary on, along with its two main Indian commentaries, by Arya Vimuktisena and Haribhadra, respectively: Abhisamayalamkara with Vrtti and Aloka. These important books make demanding reading, and are for the serious student of the Buddhist path to enlightenment.