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Groundless Paths: The Prajñāpārmitā Sūtras, The Ornament of Clear Realization, and Its Commentaries in the Tibetan Nyingma Tradition
Author Brunnhölzl, Karl (譯) ; Brunnhölzl, Karl (引言) ; Tsong-kha-pa Blo-bzan-grags-pa (著) ; O-rgyan-ʼjigs-med-chos-kyi-dbang-po (著)
EditionIllustrated Edition
Date2012.08.14
Pages904
PublisherSnow Lion
Publisher Url https://www.shambhala.com/snowlion/
LocationIthaca, NY, US [伊薩卡, 紐約州, 美國]
SeriesThe Tsadra Foundation series
Content type書籍=Book
Language英文=English
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 prajñaparamita 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 prajñaparamita 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.

Groundless Paths contains the first in-depth study of the Abhisamayalamkara (the text studied most extensively in higher Tibetan Buddhist education) and its commentaries from the perspective of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. This study consists mainly of translations of Maitreya's famous text and two commentaries on it by Patrul Rinpoche. These are supplemented by three short texts on the paths and bhumis by the same author, as well as extensive excerpts from commentaries by six other Nyingma masters, including Mipham Rinpoche. Thus this book helps close a long-standing gap in the modern scholarship on the prajñaparamita sutras and the literature on paths and bhumis in mahayana Buddhism.

Arya Maitreya's Ornament of Clear Realization, with its Indian and Tibetan commentaries, presents the complex dynamics of the path to liberation as a succession of realizations of the empty nature of all phenomena. This presentation is a powerful antidote to whatever two-dimensional views we might hold about spiritual experience and the journey to enlightenment.
Table of contentsINTRODUCTION 19
TRANSLATIONS 35
The General Topics of The Treatise on the Pith Instructions on Prajnaparamita, The Ornament of Clear Realization 37
Presentation of the body of the text 58
Detailed explanation of the branches 71
Explanation of the knowledge of all aspects 72
Generation of bodhicitta (the nature of the path) 72
Receiving the instructions (what purifies the generation of bodhicitta) 79
The branches conducive to penetration (the fruition of the instructions) 114
The foundation of practice 124
The focal object of practice 134
The aim of practice 136
The practice of donning the armor of the mahayana 138
The practice of engagement 142
The practice of the equipments 156
The practice of final deliverance 185
Detailed explanation of the branches of the knowledge of the path (the means of attainment) 186
The branches of the path 186
The path of sravakas 199
The path of pratyekabuddhas 201
The path of seeing 204
The function of the path of familiarization 210
The path of familiarization as aspiration 211
Its benefit 213
The path of familiarization as dedication 213
The path of familiarization as rejoicing 214
The path of familiarization as accomplishment 215
The pure path of familiarization 216
Detailed explanation of the branches of the knowledge of entities (what is to be relinquished) 219
The nature of the knowledge of entities 219
The reasons for presenting closeness and distance 220
The divisions of the factors to be relinquished and their remedies 225
The nature of the training 228
The aspects of the training 231
Explaining the actual path of seeing 231
Detailed explanation of the complete training in all aspects – the cause that makes one gain mastery 235
Explaining the aspects to be trained in 235
The training's own nature 274
The qualities to be attained 276
The flaws to be rejected 278
The defining characteristics to be known 283
The factors conducive to liberation (what is to be relied on in the mind stream) 289
The time of the arising of the special training 291
The irreversible persons 294
What makes one attain buddhahood (the supported) 302
What purifies the twofold buddha realm (the support) 303
The cause for promoting the welfare of others in this buddha realm, the training in skill in means 303
Detailed explanation of the branches of the culminating training – the result over which mastery is to be gained 309
The culmination of the path of preparation 310
The culmination of heat 310
The culmination of peak 311
The culmination of poised readiness 312
The culmination of the supreme dharma 312
The culmination of the path of seeing 313
The culmination of the path of familiarization 337
The culmination of the uninterrupted path 346
Its factors to be relinquished 347
Detailed explanation of the branches of the serial training (the cause of stabilization) 355
The serial training that is the path 355
The serial training that makes the path special 355
The serial training that makes the path pure 357
Detailed explanation of the branches of the instantaneous training (the result of stabilization) 358
The instantaneous training in terms of nonmaturation 358
The instantaneous training in terms of maturation 359
The instantaneous training in terms of the lack of characteristics 359
The instantaneous training in terms of nonduality 359
Detailed explanation of the branches of the dharmakaya (the fruition of having engaged in the trainings) 360
The sväbhävikakaya 362
The wisdom kaya 363
The sambhogikakaya 363
The nairmänikakaya 364
The nature of enlightened activity (their activity) 367
A Word Commentary on The Treatise on the Pith Instructions on Prajnaparamita, The Ornament of Clear Realization 397
Presentation of the body of the text 400
Detailed explanation of its branches 406
The explanation of
ISBN9781559393751 (hc); 1559393750 (hc); 9780834829503 (ebook); 0834829509 (ebook)
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