Transcendent Wisdom

Transcendent Wisdom

by Dalai Lama
     
 

This extraordinarily clear exposition on the wisdom section of the Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life is based on an oral teaching given in India by His Holiness the Dalai Lama before an audience of thousands of Tibetans and Westerners in 1979. Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life is one of the most important texts in the Mahayana tradition of… See more details below

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This extraordinarily clear exposition on the wisdom section of the Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life is based on an oral teaching given in India by His Holiness the Dalai Lama before an audience of thousands of Tibetans and Westerners in 1979. Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life is one of the most important texts in the Mahayana tradition of Buddhist practice. Its ninth chapter, the section on transcendent wisdom, is known among Buddhist scholars as a challenging exposition of Madhyamika philosophy, difficult to understand without a commentary. This invaluable volume, with its precise elucidation of core issues of Tibetan Buddhism, stands as a key work in Buddhist literature. In this book we have the Dalai Lama at full strength...a profound work. —Parabola

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559393294
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
08/16/2009
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
941,527
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Preface: The Place of Wisdom in Spiritual Practice 11

Part I The Methods Needed for Cultivating Wisdom 13

1 Introduction to the Two Truths that Comprise Reality 15

The classification of the two truths

People who ascertain the two truths

Qualms concerning the lack of intrinsic existence

2 Critique of the Idealist View 25

3 The Necessity of the Centrist Path 34

The necessity of realizing emptiness

Part II Identitylessness 51

4 Personal Identitylessness 53

Refutation of an intrinsic "I"

Refutation of the Samkhya theory of self

Refutation of the Nyaya theory of self

Refutation of arguments against identitylessness

5 Phenomenal Identitylessness 67

The four applications of mindfulness

Mindfulness of the body

Mindfulness of the feelings

Mindfulness of the mind

Mindfulness of phenomena

Refutation of objections

Part III Refutation of True Existence 85

6 Refutation of Others'

Conceptions of True Existence 87

7 Proofs of the Absence of True Existence 90

The "Diamond-splinters" argument

The Interdependence argument

The argument concerning the arising and cessation of entities and non-entities

8 Encouragement to Strive to Realize Emptiness 106

Notes 111

Bibliography 141

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