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Moon of Wisdom: chapter six of Chandrakirti's entering the middle way with commentary from the Eighth Karmapa Mikyo Dorje's Kagyu siddhas
This important work, selected by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso as the text for his worldwide teaching tour, presents the 7th-century philosopher Chandrakirti's explanation of Nagarjuna's text The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way, which summarizes the vast teachings of the Buddha and uses logic to prove the validity of his words.
Over twenty-five hundred years ago, the Buddha described the inconceivable, perfectly pure ture nature of reality in his teachings on Transcendent Wisdom (Sanskrit: Prajnaparamita). Some five centuries later, the noble protector Nagarjuna, in his seminal text The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way, summarized these vast teachings of the Buddhas and used logical reasoning to prove the validity of the Buddha's words. 'Entering the Middle Way' is the glorious Chandrakirti's explanation of the meaning of Nagarjuna's work. Its sixth chapter, which constitutes the majority of the text, has four main sections: an explanation of how in genuine reality phenomena do not truly arise; a refutation of the Mind-Only (Sanskrit: Chittamatra) School's assertion that mind truly exists; a refutation of the true existence of the person self; and an explantion of the sixteen types of emptiness taught by the Buddha in the Transcendent Wisdom sutras. In the course of his treatise, composed in succinct verse form, Chandrakirti clarifies the ultimate meaning of the Buddha's Transcendent Wisdom sutras.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The Eight Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje, one of the most erudite and prolific scholars of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, elaborates on the meaning of these verses in a commentary that he proclaims to contain the key to gaining the realization achieved by all the enlightened masters of the past, present and future.