The Center of the Sunlit Sky: Madhyamaka in the Kagyu Tradition

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Shambhala, Nov 2, 2004 - Religion - 1000 pages
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Madhyamaka is a potent and universally accessible means of calming our suffering and awakening to our innate wisdom. The Center of the Sunlit Sky artfully rescues this brilliant teaching from its unwarranted reputation for intellectual opacity and reinstates it as a supremely practical tool kit for everyday living. The aim of this book is to take Madhyamaka out of the purely intellectual corner into which it unjustly gets boxed. It is an attempt to show how Madhayamaka actually addresses and works with all of our experiences in life. The book follows the original Indian sources as well as the standard commentaries on Madhyamaka in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. At the same time, these materials are adapted for a contemporary audience, combining the familiar sharpness of Madhyamaka reasonings (launching a massive assault on our cherished belief systems) with exploring the practical relevance of the Madhyamaka way of mind training.
 

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Madhyamaka, which means "middle way," is a Buddhist tradition that accepts sutras introduced after the original concepts were established. The later sutras are not included in conservative Buddhism as ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
11
Preface
17
Introduction
25
The Transmission of Madhyamaka
47
The Middle from Beginning to End
69
and the Purpose of Understanding Them
105
Madhyamaka Path
153
The Distinction between Autonomists
333
The Distinction between
518
Expedient and Definitive Meaning
527
An Outline of Some Major Differences
553
The Bodhicarydvatdra
599
A Short Biography of
791
EnglishSanskritTibetan
816
Bibliography
831
Endnotes
853

Autonomists and Consequentialists
360
Is There Such a Thing
445

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