The Center of the Sunlit Sky: Madhyamaka in the Kagyu Tradition

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Madhyamaka is a potent and universally accessible means of calming our suffering and awakening to our innate wisdom. The Center of the Sunlit Sky artfully rescues this brilliant teaching from its unwarranted reputation for intellectual opacity and reinstates it as a supremely practical tool kit for everyday living. The aim of this book is to take Madhyamaka out of the purely intellectual corner into which it unjustly gets boxed. It is an attempt to show how Madhayamaka actually ...
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Overview

Madhyamaka is a potent and universally accessible means of calming our suffering and awakening to our innate wisdom. The Center of the Sunlit Sky artfully rescues this brilliant teaching from its unwarranted reputation for intellectual opacity and reinstates it as a supremely practical tool kit for everyday living. The aim of this book is to take Madhyamaka out of the purely intellectual corner into which it unjustly gets boxed. It is an attempt to show how Madhayamaka actually addresses and works with all of our experiences in life.

The book follows the original Indian sources as well as the standard commentaries on Madhyamaka in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. At the same time, these materials are adapted for a contemporary audience, combining the familiar sharpness of Madhyamaka reasonings (launching a massive assault on our cherished belief systems) with exploring the practical relevance of the Madhyamaka way of mind training.

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"A valuable contribution to scholarship and one worthy of study. [Dr. Karl Brunnholzl's] approach to the text is both intellectual and experiential, showing how a clear understanding of what can appear to be a dauntingly complex text can be used to deepen practice."—The Middle Way
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559392181
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/15/2004
  • Pages: 1000
  • Sales rank: 1,021,327
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 2.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Karl Brunnhölzl, MD, was trained as a physician and also studied Tibetology. He received his systematic training in Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy and practice at the Marpa Institute for Translators, founded by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Since 1989 he has been a translator and interpreter from Tibetan and English. He is presently involved with the Nitartha Institute as a teacher and translator.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The general presentation of Madhyamaka in the Kagyu tradition 45
1 The transmission of Madhyamaka from India to Tibet and its relation to Vajrayana and Mahamudra 47
2 The middle from beginning to end 69
3 The distinction between autonomists and consequentialists 333
4 Is there such a thing as Shentong-Madhyamaka? 445
5 The distinction between expedient and definitive meaning 527
6 An outline of some major differences between Mikyo Dorje's and Tsongkhapa's interpretations of centrism 553
Pt. 2 The Bodhicaryavatara and Pawo Tsugla Trengwa 599
7 Some remarks on the Bodhicaryavatara and Pawo Rinpoche's commentary 601
8 The ninth chapter of Pawo Rinpoche's commentary on The entrance to the bodhisattva's way of life 617
App. I A short biography of the second Pawo Rinpoche Tsugla Trengwa 791
App. II Non-Buddhist Indian schools 794
App. III Tibetan text of the ninth chapter of the Bodhicaryavatara 800
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