Treasured by Buddhists of all traditions, The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara) is a guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment, and to generating the qualities of love, compassion, generosity, and patience. This text has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries, first in India, and later in Tibet. Presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse, it outlines the path of the Bodhisattvas–those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment and vow to work for the liberation of all beings, and to attain buddhahood for their sake.
Treasury of Precious Qualities
by Longchen Yeshe Dorje, Jigme Lingpa, Padmakara Translation Group, foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama
The commentary by Kangyur Rinpoche and H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche offers insightful commentary on Jigme Lingpa’s explanation of the Buddhist path according to the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. This is thorough exposition of the concepts and teachings at the base of all Tibetan Buddhist practice. A reference book that provides classical presentations of the path as practiced in Tibetan Buddhism.
Introduction to the Middle Way: Chandrakirti’s Madhyamakavatara with Commentary by Ju Mipham
by Chandrakirti, Jamgön Mipham, Padmakara Translation Group
The Introduction to the Middle Way presents an adventure into the heart of Buddhist wisdom through the Madhyamika, or “middle way,” teachings, which are designed to take the ordinary intellect to the limit of its powers and then show that there is more. This book includes a verse translation of the Madhyamakavatara by the renowned seventh-century Indian master Chandrakirti, an extremely influential text of Mahayana Buddhism, followed by an exhaustive logical explanation of its meaning by the modern Tibetan master Jamgön Mipham, composed approximately twelve centuries later. Chandrakirti’s work is an introduction to the Madhyamika teachings of Nagarjuna, which are themselves a systematization of the Prajnaparamita, or “Perfection of Wisdom” literature, the sutras on the crucial but elusive concept of emptiness. Chandrakirti’s work has been accepted throughout Tibetan Buddhism as the highest expression of the Buddhist view on the sutra level. With Jamgön Mipham’s commentary, it is a definitive presentation of the wisdom of emptiness, a central theme of Buddhist teachings. This book is a core study text for both academic students and practitioners of Mahayana and Buddhism Philosophy.