Gone Beyond: The Prajnaparamita Sutras, The Ornament of Clear Realization, and Its Commentaries in the Tibetan Kagyu Tradition

Gone Beyond: The Prajnaparamita Sutras, The Ornament of Clear Realization, and Its Commentaries in the Tibetan Kagyu Tradition

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by Karl Brunnholzl
     
 

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The Abhisamayalamkara summarizes all the topics in the vast body of the Perfection of Wisdom sutras. To understand this extraordinarily condensed text, it is necessary to have the assistance of reliable Indian and Tibetan commentaries. Together, they not only discuss the hidden meaning of the Perfection of Wisdom sutras—paths and grounds—but also serve as a…  See more details below

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The Abhisamayalamkara summarizes all the topics in the vast body of the Perfection of Wisdom sutras. To understand this extraordinarily condensed text, it is necessary to have the assistance of reliable Indian and Tibetan commentaries. Together, they not only discuss the hidden meaning of the Perfection of Wisdom sutras—paths and grounds—but also serve as a basis for further reflection on the explicit topic of these sutras—the principle of emptiness--and how it is to be understood on the progressive levels of realization of bodhisattvas. Thus, these texts describe what happens in the mind of a bodhisattva who meditates on emptiness, making it a living experience from the beginner's stage up through buddhahood. This study of the Abhisamayalamkara and its commentaries in the Tibetan Kagyu School includes the very first complete translation of a commentary on this text. It also closes a long-standing gap in the scholarship on the Perfection of Wisdom sutras and the literature on paths and grounds.

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Editorial Reviews

Andy Karr
Maitreya's Ornament of Clear Realization, along with its commentaries, opens a window into the vast landscape of the prajnaparamita sutras, territory that has been largely left unexplored by Western scholars and practitioners. These sutras explicitly teach the nature of emptiness, but their hidden meaning—which is revealed in these texts—explains how the clear realization of emptiness progressively arises in the minds of practitioners as they cultivate increasingly subtler stages of insight into the true nature of phenomena. Karl Brunnholzl's breathtaking scholarship, lucid translations, and deep insight into the meaning of these texts, brings this vast body of teachings to life. Gone Beyond is bound to be an invaluable reference work for scholars and practitioners for years to come.
Alexander Gardner
Prajnaparamita literature, which deals with the Mahayana doctrine of emptiness, is notoriously impenetrable, certainly not the sort of material that one can jump right into, no matter how fine the translation. However, Brunnholzl provides a masterful introduction that surveys the history of the text and its many Tibetan commentaries, and makes sense of the complex subject matter.
Thrangu Rinpoche
Understanding the prajnaparamita is very important for the development of wisdom, and the Abhisamayalankara is a principal text on that subject. The commentary by the Fifth Shamarpa which is translated here is concise, pithy, and easy to understand. That it has been augmented with commentaries by the Seventh and Eighth Karmapas makes this a valuable volume indeed, one that will benefit many people.
Elizabeth Callahan
In a stimulating and accessible way, Karl Brunnholzl's Gone Beyond brings us into the vast and profound world of Prajnaparamita literature. In these two volumes of Gone Beyond (with a companion volume soon to follow) we discover the foundation of the Mahayana path in all its glory.
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"Concise, pithy, and easy to understand. That it has been augmented with commentaries by the Seventh and Eighth Karmapas makes this a valuable volume indeed, one that will benefit many people. I am grateful that this book has been published."—Thrangu Rinpoche, author of Medicine Buddha Teachings

"Maitreya's Ornament of Clear Realization, along with its commentaries, opens a window into the vast landscape of the Prajnaparamita Sutras territory that has been largely left unexplored by Western scholars and practitioners. . . . Karl Brunnhölzl's breathtaking scholarship, lucid translations, and deep insight into the meaning of these texts brings this vast body of teachings to life. Gone Beyond is bound to be an invaluable reference work for scholars and practitioners for years to come."—Andy Karr, author of Contemplating Reality

"In a stimulating and accessible way, Karl Brunnhölzl's Gone Beyond brings us into the vast and profound world of prajaparamita literature. In these two volumes of Gone Beyond (with a companion volume soon to follow), we discover the foundation of the Mahayana path in all its glory."—Elizabeth Callahan, translator of The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Six, Part Three

"These two volumes of Gone Beyond are a groundbreaking work and a great treasure for Western Buddhism."—Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, from the Foreword to Volume 1 "Prajnaparamita literature, which deals with the Mahayana doctrine of emptiness, is notoriously impenetrable, certainly not the sort of material that one can jump right into no matter how fine the translation. However, Brunnhölzl provides a masterful introduction that surveys the history of the text and its many Tibetan commentaries and makes sense of the complex subject matter."—Buddhadharma: The Practitioners Quarterly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559393560
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
07/16/2011
Pages:
876
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.40(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Concise, pithy, and easy to understand. That it has been augmented with commentaries by the Seventh and Eighth Karmapas makes this a valuable volume indeed, one that will benefit many people. I am grateful that this book has been published."—Thrangu Rinpoche, author of Medicine Buddha Teachings

"Maitreya's Ornament of Clear Realization, along with its commentaries, opens a window into the vast landscape of the Prajnaparamita Sutras territory that has been largely left unexplored by Western scholars and practitioners. . . . Karl Brunnhölzl's breathtaking scholarship, lucid translations, and deep insight into the meaning of these texts brings this vast body of teachings to life. Gone Beyond is bound to be an invaluable reference work for scholars and practitioners for years to come."—Andy Karr, author of Contemplating Reality

"In a stimulating and accessible way, Karl Brunnhölzl's Gone Beyond brings us into the vast and profound world of prajaparamita literature. In these two volumes of Gone Beyond (with a companion volume soon to follow), we discover the foundation of the Mahayana path in all its glory."—Elizabeth Callahan, translator of The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Six, Part Three

"These two volumes of Gone Beyond are a groundbreaking work and a great treasure for Western Buddhism."—Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, from the Foreword to Volume 1 "Prajnaparamita literature, which deals with the Mahayana doctrine of emptiness, is notoriously impenetrable, certainly not the sort of material that one can jump right into no matter how fine the translation. However, Brunnhölzl provides a masterful introduction that surveys the history of the text and its many Tibetan commentaries and makes sense of the complex subject matter."—Buddhadharma: The Practitioners Quarterly

Elizabeth Callahan
In a stimulating and accessible way, Karl Brunnholzl's Gone Beyond brings us into the vast and profound world of Prajnaparamita literature. In these two volumes of Gone Beyond (with a companion volume soon to follow) we discover the foundation of the Mahayana path in all its glory.
Thrangu Rinpoche
Understanding the prajnaparamita is very important for the development of wisdom, and the Abhisamayalankara is a principal text on that subject. The commentary by the Fifth Shamarpa which is translated here is concise, pithy, and easy to understand. That it has been augmented with commentaries by the Seventh and Eighth Karmapas makes this a valuable volume indeed, one that will benefit many people.

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Meet the Author

Karl Brunnholzl received most of his Buddhist training at the Marpa Institute For Translators in Kathmandu, Nepal, with additional studies in Tibetology, Buddhology, and Sanskrit at Hamburg University, Germany. Originally trained as a physician, Dr. Brunnholzl currently works with Tsadra Foundation, Nalandabodhi, and Nitartha Institute. Seattle-based, he is the translator or author of a number of books, including The Center of the Sunlit Sky and Luminous Heart.

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