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Gone Beyond: Volume 2: The Prajñāpāramitā Sūtras, The Ornament of Clear Realization, and Its Commentaries in the Tibetan Kagyu Tradition
Author Brunnhölzl, Karl (譯) ; Brunnhölzl, Karl (引言) ; The Seventeenth Karmapa (前言) ; Dzogchen Ponlop (前言)
PublisherSnow Lion
Publisher Url
LocationIthaca, NY, US [伊薩卡, 紐約州, 美國]
Content type書籍=Book
NoteKarl Brunnhölzl, MD, was trained as a physician and also studied Tibetology. He received his systematic training in Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy and practice at the Marpa Institute for Translators, founded by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Since 1989 he has been a translator and interpreter from Tibetan and English. He is presently involved with the Nitartha Institute as a teacher and translator.
AbstractThe Abhisamayalamkara summarizes all the topics in the vast body of the Prajnaparamita Sutras. Resembling a zip-file, it comes to life only through its Indian and Tibetan commentaries. Together, these texts not only discuss the "hidden meaning" of the Prajnaparamita Sutras—the paths and bhumis of sravakas, pratyekabuddhas, and bodhisattvas—but also serve as contemplative manuals for the explicit topic of these sutras—emptiness—and how it is to be understood on the progressive levels of realization of bodhisattvas. Thus these texts describe what happens in the mind of a bodhisattva who meditates on emptiness, making it a living experience from the beginner's stage up through buddhahood.

Gone Beyond contains the first in-depth study of the Abhisamayalamkara (the text studied most extensively in higher Tibetan Buddhist education) and its commentaries in the Kagyu School. This study (in two volumes) includes translations of Maitreya's famous text and its commentary by the Fifth Shamarpa Goncho Yenla (the first translation ever of a complete commentary on the Abhisamayalamkara into English), which are supplemented by extensive excerpts from the commentaries by the Third, Seventh, and Eighth Karmapas and others. Thus it closes a long-standing gap in the modern scholarship on the Prajnaparamita Sutras and the literature on paths and bhumis in mahayana Buddhism.

The first volume presents an English translation of the first three chapters of the Abhisamayalamkara and its commentary by the Fifth Shamarpa. The second volume presents an English translation of the final five chapters and its commentary by the Fifth Shamarpa.
Table of contentsPublisher's Note
An Aspiration by H.H. the Seventeenth Karmapa,Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Foreword by H.H. the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Overview of Chapters Four to Eight
The complete training in all aspects
The culminating training
The serial training The instantaneous training
The dharmakāya

The complete training in all aspects (familiarizing with the aspects of the three knowledges in a combined manner)
The aspects to familiarize with
The nature of the training
Knowing the qualities
Knowing the flaws
The defining characteristics to be known Knowing the factors conducive to liberation
The levels of its arising Explaining the supports that are the irreversible persons
The cause of the dharmakāya-the training in the equality of existence and peace
The cause of the sambhogakāya-the training in pure realms
The manner in which it becomes skill in means through being embraced by compassion The culminating training (the consummation of the [complete training in all aspects])
The culminating training of the path of preparation
Poised readiness
The supreme dharma
The culminating training of the path of seeing
The culminating training of the path of familiarization
The culminating training of the uninterrupted path
Removing qualms about the focal objects and aspects of this path
The serial training (familiarizing with the [aspects of the three knowledges] in a sequential manner) The six pāramitās (the conduct, in which merit is primary)
The six recollections (the path of the union [of view and conduct])
The training in equality (the view-primarily familiarizing with wisdom)
The instantaneous training (familiarizing with the [aspects of the three knowledges] in a simultaneous manner)
The instantaneous training in terms of nonmaturation (being in the process of becoming free from the stains of the impregnations of negative tendencies)
The instantaneous training in terms of maturation (being about to become buddha wisdom after being free from these [stains])
The instantaneous training in terms of the lack of characteristics
The instantaneous training in terms of nonduality
Explaining the dharmakāya (the fruition)
Explaining the svābhāvikakāya
Explaining the sambhogikakāya
Explaining the nairmāņikakāya
Explaining enlightened activity

4) The training in the complete realization of all aspects
A) The focal objects and aspects of this training
B) Afflictive obscurations, cognitive obscurations, and obscurations of meditative absorption
C) The 110 aspects of the knowledge of all aspects
D) The signs of irreversibility
E) The twenty-two faculties
F) Ultimate reality and buddhahood as permanent entities that perform functions
1) Emptiness, the nature of phenomena, and the sugata heart as existing functional entities
2) Buddhahood and enlightened activity
G) Training in the equality of samsāra and nirvāņa
H) The meaning of "vanquishing māras"
5) The culminating training
A) The four conceptions to be relinquished on the path of seeing and their remedies B) Enlightenment
C) The five great reasonings
D) The four stages of yoga
E) Dependent origination
F) The nature of the path of familiarization (lion's sport and crossing in one leap)
G) The six causes and the four conditions
6) The serial training
7) The instantaneous training
8) The dharmakāya
A) The general presentation of the kāyas
1) The nature of just the dharmakāya in general
2) The natures of the different kāyas
3) The distinctions in terms of the kāyas being fully qualified or nominal and the manner in which knowable objects are seen
B) Enlightened activity

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ISBN9781559393577 (hc); 1559393572 (hc); 9780834829596 (ebook); 0834829592 (ebook)
Created date2023.12.27
Modified date2024.01.04

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