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Nagarjuna's poetic presentation of the fundamental teachings of the Great Vehicle, or Mahayana—whose followers, driven by compassion, strive to attain Buddhahood for the sake of all beings—is remarkable for its concise style and memorable imagery, making it one of the most widely quoted sources in other commentaries on the Mahayana path. This work will appeal to readers wi Nagarjuna's poetic presentation of the fundamental teachings of the Great Vehicle, or Mahayana—whose followers, driven by compassion, strive to attain Buddhahood for the sake of all beings—is remarkable for its concise style and memorable imagery, making it one of the most widely quoted sources in other commentaries on the Mahayana path. This work will appeal to readers with a general interest in Mahayana Buddhism, to those who wish to familiarize themselves with one of the great classics of Indian Buddhist literature, and to students who come across passages quoted in other Buddhist works and who wish to explore further. The great Indian Buddhist master Nagarjuna (first–second century A.D.) wrote his celebrated poem "Letter to a Friend" as a gift of advice to a South Indian king, and it has since become a monument in the Indian shastra tradition. Despite its short length (only 123 verses), it covers the whole Mahayana path, combining a practical approach to daily conduct with a theoretical exposition of the different stages leading to enlightenment. It has thus been an ideal source for many of Tibet 's great scholars seeking a scriptural authority to enhance their own descriptions of the Buddhist path. Any difficulties in understanding the poem are overcome by Kangyur Rinpoche's commentary, which turns Nagarjuna's sometimes cryptic poem into straightforward prose, expanding on each topic and ordering the different subjects in such a way that on returning to the original poem, the reader can easily make sense of the advice it contains. It includes headings to explain Nagarjuna's frequent changes in subject and full explanations of the ideas introduced in each verse. In addition to the commentary, this book presents the original poem in the Tibetan and in a new English translation that attempts to emulate Nagarjuna's lines of metric verse. Also included are Kangyur Rinpoche's structural outline (sa bchad), a Tibetan line index to enable students to locate quotations used in other Tibetan works, full notes, and a glossary.


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Nagarjuna's poetic presentation of the fundamental teachings of the Great Vehicle, or Mahayana—whose followers, driven by compassion, strive to attain Buddhahood for the sake of all beings—is remarkable for its concise style and memorable imagery, making it one of the most widely quoted sources in other commentaries on the Mahayana path. This work will appeal to readers wi Nagarjuna's poetic presentation of the fundamental teachings of the Great Vehicle, or Mahayana—whose followers, driven by compassion, strive to attain Buddhahood for the sake of all beings—is remarkable for its concise style and memorable imagery, making it one of the most widely quoted sources in other commentaries on the Mahayana path. This work will appeal to readers with a general interest in Mahayana Buddhism, to those who wish to familiarize themselves with one of the great classics of Indian Buddhist literature, and to students who come across passages quoted in other Buddhist works and who wish to explore further. The great Indian Buddhist master Nagarjuna (first–second century A.D.) wrote his celebrated poem "Letter to a Friend" as a gift of advice to a South Indian king, and it has since become a monument in the Indian shastra tradition. Despite its short length (only 123 verses), it covers the whole Mahayana path, combining a practical approach to daily conduct with a theoretical exposition of the different stages leading to enlightenment. It has thus been an ideal source for many of Tibet 's great scholars seeking a scriptural authority to enhance their own descriptions of the Buddhist path. Any difficulties in understanding the poem are overcome by Kangyur Rinpoche's commentary, which turns Nagarjuna's sometimes cryptic poem into straightforward prose, expanding on each topic and ordering the different subjects in such a way that on returning to the original poem, the reader can easily make sense of the advice it contains. It includes headings to explain Nagarjuna's frequent changes in subject and full explanations of the ideas introduced in each verse. In addition to the commentary, this book presents the original poem in the Tibetan and in a new English translation that attempts to emulate Nagarjuna's lines of metric verse. Also included are Kangyur Rinpoche's structural outline (sa bchad), a Tibetan line index to enable students to locate quotations used in other Tibetan works, full notes, and a glossary.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    ❀ Diana ❀

    Nagarjuna receives The Perfection of Wisdom scripture from a nagini* Nagarjuna wrote this poem to King Gautamiputra, his friend, in which he advised him about liberation and enlightenment. Some say this short poem contains the core concepts of Buddhism, by which Nagarjuna guides the reader into taking action towards spiritual activity. :) *nagini the feminine word of nāga, snake Nagarjuna receives The Perfection of Wisdom scripture from a nagini* Nagarjuna wrote this poem to King Gautamiputra, his friend, in which he advised him about liberation and enlightenment. Some say this short poem contains the core concepts of Buddhism, by which Nagarjuna guides the reader into taking action towards spiritual activity. :) *nagini the feminine word of nāga, snake

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Easy to read, covers the whole of the Buddhist Path, from basic morality to highest wisdom. Excellent book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael Jones

    This is a must-read for those who want to understand the derivations of the Pure Land teachings. Though it is not the most straight-forward text, it is insightful and really helps to underscore the contributions of the first of the Seven Patriarch (or Masters) as defined by Shinran Shonin. Nagarjuna's letter to King Gauamiputra, he lays out a process for a lay practitioner to follow the Pure Land path while maintaining his lay life. As with just about any Buddhist text, be prepared for a lot of This is a must-read for those who want to understand the derivations of the Pure Land teachings. Though it is not the most straight-forward text, it is insightful and really helps to underscore the contributions of the first of the Seven Patriarch (or Masters) as defined by Shinran Shonin. Nagarjuna's letter to King Gauamiputra, he lays out a process for a lay practitioner to follow the Pure Land path while maintaining his lay life. As with just about any Buddhist text, be prepared for a lot of lists - the four this, the seven that, and so on. However, these are useful and explained fully in the commentary by Traleg Kyabgon. This will be a useful reference in my study and practice.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lenny

    Boek waar mijn cursusleraar op afgestudeerd was. Veel over pijn in de hel

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sean Helvey

    I'm going to need some time to process this one. His focus on Hell and all of the details was surprising to me. Old school! I'm going to need some time to process this one. His focus on Hell and all of the details was surprising to me. Old school!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Edited by one of Traleg Kyabgon's students after his death, this translation of a short verse letter written nearly two thousand years ago, with commentary, was based upon a lecture Kyabgon Rinpoche gave at his Buddhist institute in Melbourne before his death. Edited by one of Traleg Kyabgon's students after his death, this translation of a short verse letter written nearly two thousand years ago, with commentary, was based upon a lecture Kyabgon Rinpoche gave at his Buddhist institute in Melbourne before his death.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maxime

    For everybody who wants to get into Buddhism.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas

    Three earlier translations (cp. to the Tibetan) of this revered primer for Mahayana students in India of 1800 years ago. Still a superb introduction to the Mahayana path.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Florin Buzdugan

    cea mai amplă discuție asupra moralei și eticii spirituale buddhiste - citită de mine până acum, desigur. deschide o nouă direcție de lectură

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Purchased at discount at Winter Retreat. Beautiful photo of Kangyur Rinpoche. This will be great prep for the 2008 retreat.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ben

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    Steven

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    Greg Shantz

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    Tom

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    Bruno Beauregard

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paul Lichtenberg

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    Anthony

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    Lizzy

  21. 5 out of 5

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    Rick

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tri Ngo

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Donovan

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    Andrew Donovan

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    Andrew Holborn

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ilana

  29. 4 out of 5

    Yeshe-Phillip Carbo

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tod

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