Transcendent Wisdom

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Overview

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 Switzerland by HH 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 and 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.
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Editorial Reviews

This incredible
This incredible teaching on the Wisdom Section of Shantideva's A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life has been meticulously translated by B. Alan Wallace with the additional bonus of an oral commentary by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It does assume some background in Buddhist philosophy on the part of the listeners, and that particular section can be challenging, but this is a very clear elucidation and this updated edition is a key work for Buddhist scholars. - Mandala Editor's Choice
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The ninth chapter of The Way of the Bodhisattva requires a book in itself . . . . I refer you to the excellent explanation in the introduction to the Padmakara translation of The Way of the Bodhisattva and to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's book Transcendent Wisdom [from Snow Lion Publications]."—Pema Chödrön, author of How to Meditate

"This incredible teaching on the Wisdom Section of Shantideva's A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life has been meticulously translated by B. Alan Wallace with the additional bonus of an oral commentary by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It does assume some background in Buddhist philosophy on the part of the listeners and that particular section can be challenging but this is a very clear elucidation and this updated edition is a key work for Buddhist scholars."—Mandala

"In this book we have the Dalai Lama at full strength...a profound work."—Parabola

No Time to L
No Time to Lose (book) The ninth chapter of The Way of the Bodhisattva requires a book in itself . I refer you to the excellent explanation in the introduction to the Padmakara translation of The Way of the Bodhisattva, and to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's book Transcendent Wisdom [from Snow Lion Publications]. - Pema Chodron
Mandala Editor's Choice
This incredible teaching on the Wisdom Section of Shantideva's A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life has been meticulously translated by B. Alan Wallace with the additional bonus of an oral commentary by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It does assume some background in Buddhist philosophy on the part of the listeners, and that particular section can be challenging, but this is a very clear elucidation and this updated edition is a key work for Buddhist scholars.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559393294
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/16/2009
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 999,332
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is considered the foremost Buddhist leader of our time. The exiled spiritual head of the Tibetan people, he is a Nobel Peace Laureate, a Congressional Gold Medal recipient, and a remarkable teacher and scholar who has authored over one hundred books.
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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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