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Gone Beyond : The Tsadra Foundation Series - Karl Brunnholzl

Gone Beyond

The Tsadra Foundation Series

Hardcover Published: 16th July 2011
ISBN: 9781559393560
Number Of Pages: 876

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The Abhisamayalamkara summarizes all the topics in the vast body of the Prajnaparamita Sutras. Resembling a zip-file, it comes to life only through its Indian and Tibetan commentaries. Together, these texts not only discuss the "hidden meaning" of the Prajnaparamita Sutras—the paths and bhumis of sravakas, pratyekabuddhas, and bodhisattvas—but also serve as contemplative manuals for the explicit topic of these sutras—emptiness—and how it is to be understood on the progressive levels of realization of bodhisattvas. Thus these texts describe what happens in the mind of a bodhisattva who meditates on emptiness, making it a living experience from the beginner's stage up through buddhahood.

Gone Beyond contains the first in-depth study of the Abhisamayalamkara (the text studied most extensively in higher Tibetan Buddhist education) and its commentaries in the Kagyu School. This study (in two volumes) includes translations of Maitreya's famous text and its commentary by the Fifth Shamarpa Goncho Yenla (the first translation ever of a complete commentary on the Abhisamayalamkara into English), which are supplemented by extensive excerpts from the commentaries by the Third, Seventh, and Eighth Karmapas and others. Thus it closes a long-standing gap in the modern scholarship on the Prajnaparamita Sutras and the literature on paths and bhumis in mahayana Buddhism.

The first volume presents an English translation of the first three chapters of the Abhisamayalamkara and its commentary by the Fifth Shamarpa. The second volume presents an English translation of the final five chapters and its commentary by the Fifth Shamarpa.

"Concise, pithy, and easy to understand. That it has been augmented with commentaries by the Seventh and Eighth Karmapas makes this a valuable volume indeed, one that will benefit many people. I am grateful that this book has been published."--Thrangu Rinpoche, author of Medicine Buddha Teachings

"Maitreya's Ornament of Clear Realization, along with its commentaries, opens a window into the vast landscape of the Prajnaparamita Sutras territory that has been largely left unexplored by Western scholars and practitioners. . . . Karl Brunnh lzl's breathtaking scholarship, lucid translations, and deep insight into the meaning of these texts brings this vast body of teachings to life. Gone Beyond is bound to be an invaluable reference work for scholars and practitioners for years to come."--Andy Karr, author of Contemplating Reality

"In a stimulating and accessible way, Karl Brunnh lzl's Gone Beyond brings us into the vast and profound world of prajaparamita literature. In these two volumes of Gone Beyond (with a companion volume soon to follow), we discover the foundation of the Mahayana path in all its glory."--Elizabeth Callahan, translator of The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Six, Part Three

"These two volumes of Gone Beyond are a groundbreaking work and a great treasure for Western Buddhism."--Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, from the Foreword to Volume 1 "Prajnaparamita literature, which deals with the Mahayana doctrine of emptiness, is notoriously impenetrable, certainly not the sort of material that one can jump right into no matter how fine the translation. However, Brunnh lzl provides a masterful introduction that surveys the history of the text and its many Tibetan commentaries and makes sense of the complex subject matter."--Buddhadharma: The Practitioners Quarterly

An Aspiration by H.H. the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorjep. 13
Foreword by H.H. the Seventeenth Karmapap. 15
Forewordp. 17
Acknowledgmentsp. 19
Introductionp. 21
The prajnaparamita sutrasp. 23
The Abhisamayalamkara and its commentariesp. 47
What is the view of the Abhisamayalamkara?p. 81
The Abhisamayalamkara in its traditional settingp. 93
The place of the prajnaparamita sutras and the Abhisamayalamkara in modern scholarshipp. 107
Is there any practical relevance to the Abhisamayalamkara?p. 111
The Abhisamayalamkara as a contemplative manualp. 119
Some remarks on the distinct exegetical approaches of the commentaries by the Eighth Karmapa and the Fifth Shamarpap. 129
Overview of the present three-volume study of commentaries on the AAp. 201
Translation: A Concise Elucidation of the Abhisamayalamkara (Topics One to Three)1p. 205
Paying homage, which is the cause for other persons giving rise to openness for the fruitional motherp. 207
The purpose and the connection, which are the causes for others giving rise to openness for this treatisep. 222
The eight topics as what is to be explainedp. 225
The knowledge of all aspects (what is to be attained)p. 235
The generation of bodhicitta (the motivation)p. 235
The instructions that teach the means of practicep. 241
The explanation of the branches of penetration (the result of practicing the instructions)p. 264
The disposition as the foundation for the arising of practicep. 283
The focal object of practicep. 292
The aim of practicep. 296
The armorlike practice in six sets of sixp. 298
The practice of ninefold engagementp. 301
The practice of the seventeen equipmentsp. 309
The practice of final deliverancep. 328
The knowledge of the path (the means to attain the knowledge of all aspects)p. 331
The causes of the knowledge of the pathp. 331
The manner of the knowledge of the path of sravakasp. 333
The manner of the knowledge of the path of pratyekabuddhasp. 336
The manner of the knowledge of the path of bodhisattvasp. 341
The path of seeingp. 341
The path of familiarizationp. 345
The function of the path of familiarizationp. 345
The path of familiarization as aspiration, which accumulates virtuep. 347
Its benefitp. 348
The path of familiarization as dedication, which makes virtue not going to wastep. 349
The path of familiarization as rejoicing, which makes virtue increasep. 351
The nature of the uninterrupted path-the path of familiarization as accomplishmentp. 351
The nature of the path of liberation-the pure path of familiarizationp. 352
The knowledge of entities (the root of the knowledge of all aspects, which includes the points to go astray)p. 357
The nature of the knowledge of entitiesp. 362
The reason for being close or distantp. 362
The divisions of antagonistic factors and remediesp. 363
The training (the engagement)p. 366
The path of seeing (the fruition of engagement)p. 368
Selected General Topics From Jg and Jnsp. 371
The knowledge of all aspectsp. 371
Bodhicittap. 371
JG's presentationp. 371
JNS's presentationp. 395
The instructionsp. 397
JG's presentationp. 397
JNS's presentationp. 403
The two realitiesp. 406
General presentationp. 406
The way in which the two realities become the objects of the wrong ideas of apprehending them as mutually exclusivep. 409
The way in which the two realities are not mutually exclusivep. 415
The qualms that are to be eliminatedp. 415
The reasoning that is the means for eliminating these qualmsp. 416
The manner of eliminating said qualmsp. 416
The path of preparationp. 417
The four stages of the path of preparationp. 417
The focal objects and aspects of the path of preparationp. 420
The four conceptions in the context of the path of preparationp. 423
The dispositionp. 428
General explanationp. 428
The disposition is not a nonimplicative negationp. 446
The single yana and buddha nature in all beingsp. 447
Other commentaries on the dispositionp. 454
The focal object of practicep. 488
The equipment of wisdomp. 492
The nature of phenomena and wisdom in relation to being self-empty versus other-emptyp. 492
The explanation of emptiness (the object) and the way in which it is observed by wisdom (its subject)p. 495
Various ways of asserting the definite number of emptinesses (including the wisdoms that correspond to the twenty emptinesses)p. 501
The basis of emptinessp. 505
The manner of being emptyp. 506
Nondual wisdomp. 508
The equipment of the ten bhumisp. 514
The nature of the bhumis, which are the remediesp. 514
The nature of the object of meditative equipoisep. 525
The nature of the obstacles to be relinquishedp. 534
The knowledge of the pathp. 548
The five causes of the knowledge of the pathp. 548
The knowledge of the path of sravakasp. 559
What is to be known-the nature of the path of the sravakasp. 559
The phase of the path of the mahayana during which this knowledge is generatedp. 563
The question of whether the path or the knowledge of the path is taught herep. 564
The knowledge of the path of pratyekabuddhasp. 566
The knowledge of the path of bodhisattvasp. 570
The supports in which it arisesp. 570
What is to be generated-the path of seeingp. 572
The path of familiarizationp. 591
The path of familiarization and its function in generalp. 591
The path of familiarization as aspirationp. 598
The path of familiarization as dedicationp. 601
The uncontaminated path of familiarizationp. 609
The utterly pure path of familiarizationp. 610
Removing qualms about the manner in which the stains are relinquishedp. 613
The all-knowledgep. 615
The presentation of the objects of knowledge (skandhas, dhatus, and ayatanas)p. 615
The explanation of the five skandhasp. 615
The way in which they correspond to the dhatus and the ayatanasp. 622
The way in which they correspond to the four realities, the five bases, and so onp. 624
Sravakas and pratyekabuddhas do not realize phenomenal identitylessnessp. 625
The three naturesp. 628
How they are taught in the sutrasp. 628
Explanation according to the scriptural system of Yogacarap. 629
Chartsp. 633
The three realms of samsara and their subdivisionsp. 634
The 108 repetitive phrases of the prajnaparamita sutrasp. 635
The five pathsp. 636
The sixteen aspects of the four realities of noble ones according to the Abhidharmakosabhasya, TOK, and the Abhidharmasamuccayap. 639
The aspects of the four realities of the noble ones in the abhidharma and the prajnaparamita sutrasp. 643
The kinds of samgha according to the Abhidharmakosap. 647
The twenty-five kinds of bodhisattva samgha in the revised edition of the Prajnaparamitasutra in Twenty-five Thousand Lines and the twenty kinds of samgha in AA I.23-24p. 649
The twenty kinds of samgha according to the Vrtti, the Aloka, the Vivrti, JNS, and CEp. 651
Comparison of the terminologies of the types of samgha in the revised edition of the Prajnaparamitasutra in Twenty-five Thousand Lines, the AA, and the Abhidharmakosap. 655
The nine stages of settling the mind (calm abiding), the four flaws, and the eight remediesp. 657
General sets of samadhisp. 658
Specific sets of samadhis and qualitiesp. 659
The thirty-seven dharmas concordant with enlightenment and the five paths according to the Vaibhasikasp. 665
The common order of the thirty-seven dharmas concordant with enlightenment and their matching with the five paths (according to non-Vaibhasikas and the mahayana)p. 667
The factors to be relinquished through seeing and familiarization according to the sravakasp. 669
The way of relinquishment of the factors to be relinquished through seeing and familiarization on the eight levels of the sravakasp. 670
The factors to be relinquished through seeing and familiarization according to the mahayana (Abhidharmasamuccaya and Abhisamayalamkara)p. 671
Afflictive obscurations, cognitive obscurations, and obscurations of meditative absorption according to JNSp. 672
The sixteen moments of the wisdoms of readiness and cognition on the path of seeing according to the Abhidharmakosa, the Abhidharmasamuccaya, and Aryavimuktisena and Haribhadra as per JNSp. 675
The four remediesp. 677
The correspondences of skandhas, ayatanas, and dhatusp. 678
Notesp. 679
Indexp. 923
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ISBN: 9781559393560
ISBN-10: 1559393564
Series: The Tsadra Foundation Series : Book 1
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 876
Published: 16th July 2011
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 5.6
Weight (kg): 1.37
Edition Number: 1