Jewels From the Treasury: Vasubandhu's Verses on the Treasury of Abhidharma and Its Commentary Youthful Play by the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje

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Though the abhidharma is recognized as one of the major topics of the Buddhist teachings, up until now there have been few translations of any of the great texts on it available in a Western language. This book gives thorough explanations of all the fundamental concepts and terms found in the Buddhist teachings. It presents the nature of the phenomena we experience, describes the karma and afflictions that create suffering, and shows the factors of the path that lead to liberation. It is like an encyclopedia of ...

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Overview

Though the abhidharma is recognized as one of the major topics of the Buddhist teachings, up until now there have been few translations of any of the great texts on it available in a Western language. This book gives thorough explanations of all the fundamental concepts and terms found in the Buddhist teachings. It presents the nature of the phenomena we experience, describes the karma and afflictions that create suffering, and shows the factors of the path that lead to liberation. It is like an encyclopedia of Buddhism that thoroughly explains the meaning of the many different technical terms found in the sutras, vinaya, and other Buddhist teachings—if you are wondering what something you have read in a Buddhist text really means, there is a good chance it is explained in this book. It thus provides an invaluable aid to students who want to deepen their understanding not only of the abhidharma, but of all the Buddhist teachings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934608258
  • Publisher: KTD Publications
  • Publication date: 8/11/2012
  • Pages: 663
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Vasubandhu (fourth century CE) took ordination at Nalanda Monastery at a young age and studied the Foundation Vehicle teachings. He then went to Kashmir where he mastered the philosophies of many different Buddhist and non-Buddhist schools. He had thousands of students and was one of the most prolific Buddhist authors in ancient India; many of his works are preserved in the Tibetan Tengyur. The Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje (1556–1603) is best known as the author of Pointing Out the Dharmakaya and other texts on the practice of mahamudra. He also wrote several commentaries on philosophy including this text as well as Feast for the Fortunate, a commentary on madhyamika philosophy. David Karma Choephel studied Buddhist philosophy at the Varja Vidya Institute in Namo Buddha, Nepal, and Sarnath, India. He currently serves as Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche's main English-language translator, and also translates for the Gyalwang Karmapa and the Kagyu Monlam.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche ix

Translator's Introduction xi

A Note on the Translation of the Root Verses xvii

Acknowledgments xix

Verses on the Treasury of Abhidharma

First Area: Teachings on the Elements 3

Second Area: Teachings on the Faculties 11

Third Area: Teachings on the World 21

Fourth Area: Teachings on Karma 35

Fifth Area: Teaching on the Kernels 53

Sixth Area: Teachings on the Paths and Individuals 63

Seventh Area: Teachings on Wisdom 75

Eighth Area: Teachings on the Absorptions 83

Youthful Play: An Explanation of the Treasury of Abhidharma

First Area: Teachings on the Elements 93

Second Area: Teachings on the Faculties 145

Third Area: Teachings on the World 215

Fourth Area: Teachings on Karma 293

Fifth Area: Teachings on the Kernels 389

Sixth Area: Teachings on the Paths and Individuals 433

Seventh Area: Teachings on Wisdom 497

Eight Area: Teachings on the Absorptions 543

Appendix A English Equivalents of Tibetan Terms 587

Appendix B English Equivalents of Sanskrit Terms 595

Notes 601

Works Cited 625

Index 627

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