By Jeffrey Hopkins
Dzong-ka-ba's The Essence of Eloquence continues to be thought of so very important to Tibetan Buddhists that the Dalai Lama retains a duplicate with him anywhere he is going. This publication examines many desirable issues raised in six centuries of Tibetan and Mongolian observation about the first sections of this article: the Prologue, and the part at the Mind-Only college. via offering bright element, Jeffrey Hopkins unearths the liveliness of Tibetan scholastic controversies, displaying the dynamism of considerate observation and stimulating the reader's metaphysical mind's eye. within the strategy of reading a hundred and seventy matters, this quantity treats many enticing issues on nice car displays of the 3 natures and the 3 non-natures, together with how one can practice those to all phenomena, the selflessness of people, and the vacancy of vacancy. It concludes with a delineation of the ways in which the Mind-Only institution translates scriptures.
This stand-alone booklet is the ultimate quantity of a trilogy on Mind-Only that Hopkins composed over a interval of 22 years. His seriously annotated translation of the 1st sections of Dzong-ka-ba's textual content is inside the first quantity, Emptiness within the Mind-Only tuition of Buddhism, besides a ancient and doctrinal creation, a close synopsis of the textual content, and a serious version. the second one quantity, Reflections on fact: the 3 Natures and Non-Natures within the Mind-Only School, offers old and social context, a easy presentation of the 3 natures, the 2 different types of vacancy within the Mind-Only institution, and the contrasting perspectives of Dol-bo-ba Shay-rap-gyel-tsen of the Jo-nang-ba order of Tibetan Buddhism.
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Preceded by a general category, these are listed below chronologically within their college affiliation„the author’s name as cited in the notes, the full name (if different), dates, the title as it is cited in the notes, and the full title (for the Tibetan and other information, see the bibliography). General Ke-drup (Ke-drup-ge-lek-œel-sang, 1385-1438) Opening the Eyes of the Fortunate / Opening the Eyes of the Fortunate: Treatise Brilliantly Clarifying the Profound Emptiness Second Dalai Lama (Gen-dün-gya-tso, 1476-1542) Lamp Illuminating the Meaning / Commentary on the Difficult Points of ‚Differentiating the Interpretable and the Definitive‛ from the Collected Works of the Foremost Holy Omniscient [‚zong-ka-œa]: Lamp Thoroughly Illuminating the Meaning of His Thought ðe-ra Jay College ‡el-jor-hlün-drup (1427-1514) Lamp for the Teaching / Commentary on the Difficult Points of (‚zongka-œa’s) ‚The Essence of Eloquence‛: Lamp for the Teaching Jay-«zün Chö-„yi-gyel-tsen (1469-1546) General-Meaning Commentary / General Meaning of (‚zong-ka-œa’s) ‚Differentiating the Interpretable and the Definitive‛: Eradicating Bad Disputation: A Precious Garland ‚ra-«i Ge-Ôhay Rin-chen-dön-drup (fl.
Otherwise, the tension and conflict of such dramatic rewriting in the guise of explaining the founder’s words when they obviously do not say such is dumbfounding„as long as one thinks that all they intend to do is to clarify what is already basically coherent. Sometimes, slippery distinctions are the means by which the exegetical project adapts itself to the seeming rigidity of insistence on consistency, and at other times a perplexing peripheral issue is left with a call for more analysis. Monastic authors even apply a principle enunciated in their system against another point in their own system.
Issue #5: Why exhort the audience to listen? As Gung-tang says,16 ‚zong-ka-œa exhorts his audience initially to listen to the text with a pure attitude and pure behavior since: “ “ a with regard to the achievement of highest enlightenment in dependence on either SÒtra or Mantra, the essence of Buddha’s teachings is none other than the meaning of suchness, emptiness and suchness is to be delineated through a serial process of hearing, think- nges par legs pa, naiüŸreyasa. For a discussion of my choice of translation for this term, see Jeffrey Hopkins, Buddhist Advice for Living and Liberation: Någårjuna’s Precious Garland (Ithaca, New York: Snow Lion, 1998), 46.
Absorption in No External World: 170 Issues in Mind Only Buddhism (Dynamic Responses to Dzong-Ka-Ba's the Essence of Eloquence) by Jeffrey Hopkins