Ocean of Nectar - Wisdom and Compassion in Mahayana Buddhism

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"Ocean of Nectar" is the first complete commentary in English to Chandrakirti's classic "Guide to the Middle Way," one of the most important scriptures in Mahayana Buddhism and regarded to this day as the principal text on emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality. In this long-awaited major work Geshe Kelsang provides an entirely new translation of Chandrakirti's verse masterpiece and explains with outstanding clarity the philosophical reasoning establishing Buddha's most profound view of the middle way. In the...
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Overview


"Ocean of Nectar" is the first complete commentary in English to Chandrakirti's classic "Guide to the Middle Way," one of the most important scriptures in Mahayana Buddhism and regarded to this day as the principal text on emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality. In this long-awaited major work Geshe Kelsang provides an entirely new translation of Chandrakirti's verse masterpiece and explains with outstanding clarity the philosophical reasoning establishing Buddha's most profound view of the middle way. In the course of the book he also charts the progress of a Mahayana practitioner from the initial cultivation of compassion through to the attainment of full enlightenment, providing an indispensable guide for the serious student of Mahayana Buddhism.
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Editorial Reviews

John Powers
...[It provides] a wealth of information concerning the dGe lugs pa interpretation of Candrakiirti and Naagaarjuna....This reading of Madhyamaka is at odds with much of current Western scholarship, but it represents a commentarial tradition with a high degree of internal consistency that deserves to be evaluated on its own merits, rather than being uncritically rejected, as it all too often is by Buddhologists.
Journal of Buddhist Ethics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780948006234
  • Publisher: Tharpa Publications
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born in Tibet and is a fully accomplished meditation master, and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Resident in the West since 1977, he is the author of 21 highly acclaimed books that transmit perfectly the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded over 1200 Kadampa Meditation Centers and groups throughout the world.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
A Praise of Compassion 11
Grounds and Paths 31
Very Joyful 35
Emptiness and Liberation 47
The Perfection of Giving 61
Stainless 73
Luminous 89
Radiant 117
Difficult to Overcome 127
Approaching 139
Identifying the Negated Object 155
Refuting Production from Self 175
Refuting Production from Other 187
The Two Truths 197
The Good Qualities of this Refutation 217
Refuting the Chittamatra System 227
The Meaning of this Refutation 275
Selflessness of Persons 291
The Divisions of Emptiness 351
Gone Afar 387
The Three Pure Grounds 391
The Good Qualities of the Ten Grounds 401
Resultant Grounds 407
Conclusion 441
Dedication 447
Appendix I - The Root Text: Guide to the Middle Way 449
Appendix II - The Condensed Meaning of the Commentary 507
Appendix III - A Brief Summary of Buddhist Tenets 537
Glossary 560
Bibliography 571
Study Programmes 574
Index 575
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