Groundless Paths: The Prajnaparamita Sutras, The Ornament of by Karl Brunnholzl

By Karl Brunnholzl

The Abhisamayalamkara summarizes the entire issues within the monstrous physique of the prajñaparamita sutras. corresponding to a zip-file, it involves lifestyles simply via its Indian and Tibetan commentaries. jointly, those texts not just talk about the "hidden which means" of the prajñaparamita sutras—the paths and bhumis of sravakas, pratyekabuddhas, and bodhisattvas—but additionally function contemplative manuals for the specific subject of those sutras—emptiness—and the way it is to be understood at the innovative degrees of awareness of bodhisattvas. therefore those texts describe what occurs within the brain of a bodhisattva who meditates on vacancy, making it a dwelling event from the beginner's degree up via buddhahood.

Groundless Paths comprises the 1st in-depth learn of the Abhisamayalamkara (the textual content studied such a lot greatly in larger Tibetan Buddhist schooling) and its commentaries from the point of view of the Nyingma college of Tibetan Buddhism. This research is composed regularly of translations of Maitreya's recognized textual content and commentaries on it through Patrul Rinpoche. those are supplemented by means of 3 brief texts at the paths and bhumis through a similar writer, in addition to large excerpts from commentaries via six different Nyingma masters, together with Mipham Rinpoche. therefore this publication is helping shut a long-standing hole within the smooth scholarship at the prajñaparamita sutras and the literature on paths and bhumis in mahayana Buddhism.

Arya Maitreya's Ornament of transparent awareness, with its Indian and Tibetan commentaries, provides the complicated dynamics of the trail to liberation as a succession of realizations of the empty nature of all phenomena. This presentation is a robust antidote to no matter what two-dimensional perspectives we'd carry approximately non secular event and the adventure to enlightenment.

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3. The actual meaning of the words [of AA 1. 1 -2] This has four parts. The subject matter [of the AA] consists of the knowledge of all aspects (the path of buddhas alone) and the remaining seven [top­ ics] exemplified by it that are explained by the teacher, the Buddha, in these mother [sfttras] . The essential purpose is that intelligent bodhisattvas, after having commit­ ted the meaning of the mother sfttras (bodhicitta and the ten piiramitiis as the conduct of the dharma practices),102 which has the character of definitely according with the eight topics, to memory (which is associated with alertness), progress through the ten bhiimis and manifest this knowledge of all aspects, which is not experienced by others than bodhisattvas, through seeing it.

93 Therefore, there is no flaw of repeating the abhidharma treatises either. If [this treatise] is thus established as an ornament of the three knowledges, it is established as an ornament of all mother [sfitras] because the three knowledges include all clear realizations of sravakas, pratyekabuddhas, bodhisattvas, and buddhas. 2. 2. 2. 1 . " Then, they give rise to the fourfold doubt that tends toward the facts, thinking, "It Translations: The General Topics 53 probably is endowed with this fourfold [set] ," and thus engage in the treatise.

3. 2. The instances that are treatises [Sthiramati's] Madhyantavibhagatfka says: A treatise consists of the cognizances that appear as the collections of names, words, and letters. 99 Among these two [definitions of a treatise] , the former identifies treatises as such and the latter, special [treatises] . Furthermore, for ordinary beings and noble ones up through reaching the tenth bhumi, treatises are respectively presented as the appearances of those to be guided and of both [those to be guided and the teacher] .

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