Tsong-Kha-Pa's Final Exposition of Wisdom

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In fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Tibet there was great ferment about what makes enlightenment possible since systems of self-liberation must show what factors pre-exist in the mind that allow for transformation into a state of freedom from suffering. This controversy about the nature of mind which persists to the present day raises many questions.This book first presents the final exposition of special insight by Tsong-kha-pa, the founder of the Ge-luk-pa order of Tibetan Buddhism in his medium-length ...
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Overview

In fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Tibet there was great ferment about what makes enlightenment possible since systems of self-liberation must show what factors pre-exist in the mind that allow for transformation into a state of freedom from suffering. This controversy about the nature of mind which persists to the present day raises many questions.This book first presents the final exposition of special insight by Tsong-kha-pa, the founder of the Ge-luk-pa order of Tibetan Buddhism in his medium-length Exposition of the Stages of the Path as well as the sections on the object of negation and on the two truths in his Illumination of the Thought: Extensive Explanation of Chandrakirti's Supplement to Nagarjuna's "Treatise on the Middle." It then details the views of his predecessor Dol-po-pa Shay-rap Gyel-tsen, the seminal author of philosophical treatises of the Jo-nang-pa order as found in his Mountain Doctrine followed by an analysis of Tsong-kha-pa's reactions. By contrasting the two systems—Dol-po-pa's doctrine of other-emptiness and Tsong-kha-pa's doctrine of self-emptiness—both views emerge more clearly,contributing to a fuller picture of reality as viewed in Tibetan Buddhism. Tsong-kha-pa's Final Exposition of Wisdom brilliantly explicates ignorance and wisdom, explains the relationship between dependent-arising and emptiness, shows how to meditate on emptiness, and explains what it means to view phenomena as like illusions.
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"It presents a brilliant explanation of the relationship between dependent-arising and emptiness.... He compares Dol-po-pa's and Tsong-kha-pa's views of respectively self-emptiness and other-emptiness. A scholarly and influential book."—Mandala
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559392976
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/25/2008
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 1,455,301
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Hopkins, PhD, served for a decade as the interpreter for the Dalai Lama. A Buddhist scholar and the author of more than thirty-five books, he is Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia, where he founded the largest academic program in Tibetan Buddhist studies in the West.
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Table of Contents


Preface     7
Technical Notes     9
Three Translations of Tsong-kha-pa's Views     11
Background     13
Supramundane Special Insight     25
The Source Tradition     27
Root of Cyclic Existence     37
Order of Realization     59
Selflessness of Persons     63
Illusory-Like Appearance     75
Selflessness of Phenomena     87
Basis of Division of the Two Truths     103
Obscurational Truths     109
Ultimate Truths     121
Procedures of Special Insight     151
The Way     175
The Object of Negation     181
Importance of Identifying What Is Negated in Emptiness     183
Autonomy School on True Existence     189
Consequence School on True Existence     201
The Two Truths     215
What the World Invalidates     217
Obscurational Truths     235
Ultimate Truth     255
Comparing Dol-po-pa's and Tsong-kha-pa's Views     263
Introduction     265
Dol-po-pa Shay-rap-gyel-tsen's Views     271
Tsong-kha-pa Lo-sang-drak-pa's Rebuttal     319
Summary     355
Mode of Analysis of Grossness/Peacefulness     363
List of Abbreviations     371
Bibliography     373
Index     391
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