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Transcendent Wisdom: a commentary on the ninth chapter of Santideva's guide to the Bodhisattva's way of life
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This extraordinarily clear exposition on the wisdom section of the Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life is based on an oral teaching given in India by HH the Dalai Lama before an audience of thousands of Tibetans and Westerners in 1979.
Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life is one of the most important texts in the Mahayana tradition of Buddhist practice. Its ninth chapter, the section on transcendent wisdom, is known among Buddhist scholars as a challenging exposition of Madhyamika philosophy, difficult to understand without a commentary. This invaluable volume, with its precise elucidation of core issues of Tibetan Buddhism, stands as a key work in Buddhist literature.
About the Authors:
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, is known the world over as a great spiritual teacher and a tireless worker for peace.
B. Alan Wallace has taught Buddhist meditation since 1976. Having devoted fourteen years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by HH the Dalai Lama, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford University. He is the founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies.
"In this book we have the Dalai Lama at full strength...a profound work."
Preface: The Place of Wisdom in Spiritual Practice
PART I: THE METHODS NEEDED FOR CULTIVATING WISDOM 13
1. Introduction to the TwoTruths that Comprise Reality 15
- The classification of the two truths
- People who ascertain the two truths
- Qualms concerning the lackof intrinsic existence
2. Critique of the Idealist View 25
3. The Necessity of the Centrist Path 34
- The necessity of realizing emptiness
PART II: IDENTITYLESSNESS
4. Personal Identitylessness 53
- Refutation of an intrinsic "I"
- Refutation of the Samkhya theory of self
- Refutation of the Nyaya theory of self
- Rebuttal of arguments against identitylessness
5. Phenomenal Identitylessness 67
- The four applications of mindfulness
- Mindfulness of the body
- Mindfulness of the feelings
- Mindfulness of the mind
- Mindfulness of phenomena
- Refutation of objections
PART III: REFUTATION OF TRUE EXISTENCE 85
6. Refutation of Others' Conceptions of True Existence 87
7. Proofs of the Absence of True Existence 90
- The "Diamond-splinters" argument
- The interdependence argument
- The argument concerning the arising and cessation of entities and non-entities
8. Encouragement to Strive to Realize Emptiness 106