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 ebook examines many desirable issues raised in six centuries of Tibetan and Mongolian statement about the first sections of this article: the Prologue, and the part at the Mind-Only institution. via supplying vibrant element, Jeffrey Hopkins finds the liveliness of Tibetan scholastic controversies, displaying the dynamism of considerate statement and stimulating the reader's metaphysical mind's eye. within the strategy of analyzing one hundred seventy concerns, this quantity treats many attractive issues on nice automobile shows of the 3 natures and the 3 non-natures, together with find out how to practice those to all phenomena, the selflessness of individuals, and the vacancy of vacancy. It concludes with a delineation of the methods by which the Mind-Only university 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 college of Buddhism, besides a historic and doctrinal advent, a close synopsis of the textual content, and a severe variation. the second one quantity, Reflections on truth: the 3 Natures and Non-Natures within the Mind-Only School, presents old and social context, a uncomplicated presentation of the 3 natures, the 2 forms of vacancy within the Mind-Only tuition, 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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Phrul dga’, nirmåòarati. dga’ ldan, tuøita. ’thab bral, yåma. sum cu rtsa gsum, trayastriôŸa. rgyal chen rigs bzhi, cåturmahåråjakåyika. 22 Background the previous eon. As Nga-Ûang-lek-den, abbot of the Tantric College of Lower Hla-Ôa in the 1950’s, explained to me, the fact that this eon began with the formation of the First Concentration and its own highest level, called Great Brahmå, explains why Brahmå came mistakenly to think that he created everything. When he saw that other levels formed after him, he erroneously concluded that he created them.
A Issue #6: Is Brahmå egg-born? The issues raised often stem from juxtaposing a point„mentioned in ‚zongka-œa’s text or in a commentary„with what is known about a related topic from other sources. Frequently, the aim is to avert a possible misunderstanding. In this vein, Gung-tang juxtaposes the epithet ‚Golden Womb‛ that is used for Brahmå and the Buddhist depiction of four types of birth„womb-born, eggborn, spontaneously born, and born from heat and moisture. He points out that even though Brahmå might seem to be egg-born because the god is said to have been ‚born from a golden lotus in the shape of an egg in the midst of a a This being the basic mode of procedure, it takes a scholar of considerable acuity to keep straight what are later accretions and what are not, but there are a small number of such scholars among the Tibetan community just as there are in other communities.
Thus, here and there in this book I occasionally present my own ‚solutions‛ to conundrums by positing ‚zong-ka-œa’s thought; still, I cannot claim that my reframing (sometimes offered with a mask of bravado) provides the esthetic delight that even well-crafted apologetic can generate if it has elegant simplicity. Admittedly, sometimes my gambits end up serving merely as means to expose more problems. Monastic Inquiry 7 The Characters of the Drama In this book I cite opinions from twenty-two of the twenty-six commentaries on ‚zong-ka-œa’s The Essence of Eloquence that I have located.