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The Karmapa's Middle Way: A Commentary on Chandrakirti's Madhyamakavataraby Wangchuk Dorje
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Marked by eloquent poetry, vigorous and extensive analysis, and heart instructions on breaking through the veils of confusion to independently experience the true nature of things, The Karmapa's Middle Way contains the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje's comprehensive commentary on the Indian master Chandrakirti's seminal text, the Entrance to the Middle Way. This commentary, Feast for the Fortunate, is the Ninth Karmapa's abridgement of the Eighth Karmapa Mikyo Dorje's masterpiece, the Chariot of the Takpo Kagyu Siddhas. In it readers will find previously unavailable material on the Karmapa's Middle Way view and a rare window into a philosophically charged era of Middle Way exposition in Tibetan Buddhism. In this book, Chandrakirti and the Karmapa present in precise detail the vital Buddhist concept of emptiness, through which the Mahayana path of compassionate altruism becomes complete.
In this much-awaited translation of a key text of Tibetan Buddhism, the Ninth Karmapa presents in unique fashion the vital Buddhist concept of emptiness, contrasting his own view with other widely accepted presentations. His explanation stresses the direct experience of the reader and bolsters the Mahayana ethic of compassion. A highly readable translation accessible even to beginning students.
About the Author
The Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje (1556–1603) was born in the Trewo region of eastern Tibet and is one of the most important figures of Tibetan Buddhism's Kagyu lineage. Most renowned for his powerful writings on the meditation system known as Mahamudra, he also played a vital role in ensuring the continuity of the Kagyu lineage's longstanding tradition of academic studies.
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