By Jeffrey Hopkins

Dzong-ka-ba's The Essence of Eloquence remains to be thought of so vital to Tibetan Buddhists that the Dalai Lama retains a replica with him anywhere he is going. This booklet 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 tuition. through offering bright aspect, Jeffrey Hopkins finds the liveliness of Tibetan scholastic controversies, exhibiting the dynamism of considerate remark and stimulating the reader's metaphysical mind's eye. within the technique of reading one hundred seventy matters, this quantity treats many enticing issues on nice automobile shows of the 3 natures and the 3 non-natures, together with the right way to practice those to all phenomena, the selflessness of folks, and the vacancy of vacancy. It concludes with a delineation of the techniques by which the Mind-Only institution translates scriptures.

This stand-alone ebook 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 old and doctrinal creation, an in depth synopsis of the textual content, and a serious variation. the second one quantity, Reflections on truth: the 3 Natures and Non-Natures within the Mind-Only School, offers old and social context, a uncomplicated presentation of the 3 natures, the 2 forms of vacancy within the Mind-Only college, 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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Zong-ka-œa is explaining that those non-Buddhists who view dependent-arising as not being ‚established,‛ that is, as not being valid, and those Buddhists who hold that dependent-arising proves, not that phenomena are empty of inherent existence, but the opposite„ that phenomena are inherently existent„could not possibly understand Buddha’s own system, in which dependent-arising itself is the supreme of reasons for proving the emptiness of inherent existence. b Still, this is evidence external to the text under consideration, and since internal evidence would clinch the point, Gung-tang cites the fact that near the beginning of the longer The Essence of Eloquence, when ‚zong-ka-œa exhorts his audience to pay attention to his text, he (Emptiness in Mind-Only, 68) says: Listen intently, O you who wish to be unmatched proponents [of doctrine] With discriminating analysis realizing the suchness of the teaching.

H kun gzhi rnam par shes pa, ålayavijñåna. i yon tan ’byung gnas. j don dam yang dag ’phags. k byams pa. b Identifying First-Wheel Teachings “ 27 Corner of the Eyes),‛a teaches the layouts of the ten Bodhisattva grounds. The tenth chapter, the ‚Questions of Mañjushr¦ (Smooth Glory),‛b mainly teaches the qualities of the Buddha ground. As Gung-tang adds,27 the ten chapters set forth presentations of the bases, paths, and fruits of the Mind-Only system in complete form. The first seven chapters present the bases; the eighth and ninth present the path, and the tenth teaches the fruits of the path.

In this way, the overriding context of exposition involves the ramifications of every part (or at least many parts) of a text; the only way for the reader to adjust to this environment is to form the worldview. a drang ba dang nges pa’i don rnam par phye ba’i bstan bcos legs bshad snying po; Peking 6142, vol. 153. b tsong kha pa blo bzang grags pa, 1357-1419. c lcags mda’ lcags gzhu. d dge lugs pa. e dgongs pa bzhag pa. 3 4 Background Because the exposition moves from issue to issue in a format of confrontational challenges that are episodic, it can at times seem even disjointed, but monastic students learn to live from within a system by being led„in twicedaily debates„to react inside its viewpoint to a plethora of problems.

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