The Sun of Wisdom: Teachings on the Noble Nagarjuna's Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way

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The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way was written in the second century and is one of the most important works of Nagarjuna, the pioneering commentator on the Buddha's teachings on the Madhyamika or Middle Way view. The subtle analyses presented in this treatise were closely studied and commented upon by many realized masters from the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Using Nagarjuna's root text and the great modern master Ju Mipham's commentary as a framework, Khenpo Tsültrim...

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The Sun of Wisdom: Teachings on the Noble Nagarjuna's Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way

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Overview

The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way was written in the second century and is one of the most important works of Nagarjuna, the pioneering commentator on the Buddha's teachings on the Madhyamika or Middle Way view. The subtle analyses presented in this treatise were closely studied and commented upon by many realized masters from the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Using Nagarjuna's root text and the great modern master Ju Mipham's commentary as a framework, Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso explains the most important verse from each chapter in the text in a style that illuminates for modern students both the meaning of these profound teachings and how to put them into practice in a way that benefits both oneself and others.

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"Consummately readable . . . a unique combination of scholarly acumen and spirited engagement towards what might otherwise seem like dry and difficult material to the average reader."— Buddhadharma
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570629990
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/11/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,457,065
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso is a noted Buddhist scholar and teacher who was born in Eastern Tibet in 1934. Known for his highly engaging teaching style, he has traveled and taught in North America, Europe, and Asia from 1977 to 2007. He is the author of The Sun of Wisdom, The Moon of Wisdom, and Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness, and numerous songs of realization.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Preface
Introduction
Opening Homage 1
1 An Examination of Causal Conditions 3
2 An Examination of Coming and Going 11
3 An Examination of the Sources of Consciousness 19
4 An Examination of the Aggregates 27
5 An Examination of the Elements 37
6 An Examination of Desire and the Desirous One 43
7 An Examination of the Composite 49
8 An Examination of Actors and Actions 55
9 An Examination of What Comes First 59
10 An Examination of Fire and Firewood 65
11 An Examination of Samsara 71
12 An Examination of Suffering 77
13 An Examination of the Precise Nature of Reality 83
14 An Examination of Contact 87
15 An Examination of Things and the Absence of Things 93
16 An Examination of Bondage and Liberation 99
17 An Examination of Karmic Actions and Results 109
18 An Examination of Self and Phenomena 113
19 An Examination of Time 123
20 An Examination of Collections 129
21 An Examination of Emergence and Decay 137
22 An Examination of the Tathagata 141
23 An Examination of Mistakes 147
24 An Examination of the Four Noble Truths 155
25 An Examination of Nirvana 161
26 An Examination of the Twelve Links of Existence 171
27 An Examination of Views 177
Concluding Homage 181
App. 1 Root Verses from The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way 183
App. 2 The Heart of Wisdom Sutra 193
App. 3 The Twenty Emptinesses from Chandrakirti's Entering the Middle Way 197
App. 4 An Authentic Portrait of the Middle Way: A Vajra Song of Realization of the Lord of Yogis Milarepa 205
Glossary 207
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