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Gone Beyond (volume 2): The Prajnaparamita Sutras, The Ornament of Clear Realization, and Its Commentaries in the Tibetan Kagyu Tradition

Gone Beyond (volume 2): The Prajnaparamita Sutras, The Ornament of Clear Realization, and Its Commentaries in the Tibetan Kagyu Tradition
Karl Brunnholzl
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ISBN / SKU
9781559393577
Format
Hardback
Pages
688
Description
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.

PRAISE
"In a stimulating and accessible way, Karl Brunnhölzl'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: Frameworks of Buddhist Philosophy

"Karl not only presents a translation and an in-depth exploration of the Abhisamayalamkara, but also of its commentaries in the Kagyu School. Gone Beyond includes the complete commentary by the Fifth Shamarpa which is supplemented by extensive excerpts from the commentaries by the Third, Seventh, and Eighth Karmapas, and others...These two volumes of Gone Beyond are a groundbreaking work and a great treasure for Western Buddhism."—Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, from the Foreword.
Contents
InTRoDUCTIon 19
TRanSLaTIonS 35
The General Topics of The Treatise on the Pith Instructions on
Prajñāpāramitā, The ornament of Clear Realization
1
37
Presentation of the body of the text 58
Detailed explanation of the branches 71
Explanation of the knowledge of all aspects 72
Generation of bodhicitta (the nature of the path) 72
Receiving the instructions (what purifies the generation of
bodhicitta) 79
The branches conducive to penetration (the fruition of the
instructions) 114
The foundation of practice 124
The focal object of practice 134
The aim of practice 136
The practice of donning the armor of the mahāyāna 138
The practice of engagement 142
The practice of the equipments 156
The practice of final deliverance 185
Detailed explanation of the branches of the knowledge of the path
(the means of attainment) 186
The branches of the path 186
The path of śrāvakas 199
The path of pratyekabuddhas 201
The path of seeing 204
The function of the path of familiarization 210
The path of familiarization as aspiration 211
Its benefit 213
The path of familiarization as dedication 213
The path of familiarization as rejoicing 214
The path of familiarization as accomplishment 215
The pure path of familiarization 216
Detailed explanation of the branches of the knowledge of entities
(what is to be relinquished) 219
The nature of the knowledge of entities 219
The reasons for presenting closeness and distance 220
The divisions of the factors to be relinquished and their remedies 225
The nature of the training 228
The aspects of the training 231
Explaining the actual path of seeing 231
Detailed explanation of the complete training in all aspects—
the cause that makes one gain mastery 235
Explaining the aspects to be trained in 235
The training’s own nature 274
The qualities to be attained 276
The flaws to be rejected 278
The defining characteristics to be known 283
The factors conducive to liberation (what is to be relied on in the
mind stream) 289
The time of the arising of the special training 291
The irreversible persons 294
What makes one attain buddhahood (the supported) 302
What purifies the twofold buddha realm (the support) 303
The cause for promoting the welfare of others in this buddha
realm, the training in skill in means 303
Detailed explanation of the branches of the culminating training—
the result over which mastery is to be gained 309
The culmination of the path of preparation 310
The culmination of heat 310
The culmination of peak 311
The culmination of poised readiness 312
The culmination of the supreme dharma 312
The culmination of the path of seeing 313
The culmination of the path of familiarization 337
The culmination of the uninterrupted path 346
Its factors to be relinquished 347
Detailed explanation of the branches of the serial training (the cause
of stabilization) 355
The serial training that is the path 355
The serial training that makes the path special 356
The serial training that makes the path pure 357
Detailed explanation of the branches of the instantaneous training
(the result of stabilization) 358
The instantaneous training in terms of nonmaturation 358
The instantaneous training in terms of maturation 359
The instantaneous training in terms of the lack of characteristics 359
The instantaneous training in terms of nonduality 359
Detailed explanation of the branches of the dharmakāya (the fruition
of having engaged in the trainings) 360
The svābhāvikakāya 362
The wisdom kāya 363
The sāmbhogikakāya 363
The nairmāṇikakāya 364
The nature of enlightened activity (their activity) 367
A Word Commentary on The Treatise on the Pith Instructions on
Prajñāpāramitā, The ornament of Clear Realization 397
Presentation of the body of the text 400
Detailed explanation of its branches 406
The explanation of the knowledge of all aspects 406
Generation of bodhicitta 406
Receiving the instructions (what purifies the generation of
bodhicitta) 409
The branches conducive to penetration (the fruition of the
instructions) 414
The foundation of practice 422
Its focal object 424
Its aim 425
The armorlike practice (the practice of donning the armor
through motivation) 425
The practice of engagement 426
The practice of the equipments 427
The practice of final deliverance 437
The detailed explanation of the branches of the knowledge of the
path (the means to attain the knowledge of all aspects) 438
The branches of the path 439
The knowledge of the path of knowing the path of śrāvakas 440
The knowledge of the path of knowing the path of
pratyekabuddhas 441
The path of seeing 443
The function of the path of familiarization 447
The path of familiarization as aspiration 447
Its benefit 448
The path of familiarization as dedication 449
The path of familiarization as rejoicing 450
The path of familiarization of accomplishing the qualities 451
The pure path of familiarization 451
The detailed explanation of the branches of the knowledge of entities
(what is to be relinquished) 454
The nature of the knowledge of entities 455
The reasons for presenting closeness and distance 455
The divisions of the factors to be relinquished and their remedies 456
The nature of the training that is the manner of practicing it 458
The equality of the training 460
The fruition of having practiced in this way 460
Detailed explanation of the branches of the complete training in
all aspects—the cause that makes one gain mastery 463
The aspects to be trained in 464
The training’s own nature 469
The qualities to be attained 471
The flaws to be rejected 472
The defining characteristics to be known 473
The factors conducive to liberation (what is to be relied on in
the mind stream) 483
The time of the arising of the special training 485
The persons who are the supports for the arising of the special
training in the mind stream 487
What makes one attain buddhahood (the supported) 498
What purifies the twofold buddha realm (the support) 499
The cause for promoting the welfare of others in this buddha
realm (the training in skill in means) 500
Detailed explanation of the branches of the culminating training—
the result over which mastery is to be gained 501
The culmination of the path of preparation 501
The culmination of heat 502
The culminating training of peak 502
The culminating training of poised readiness 503
The culminating training of the supreme dharma 504
The culminating training of the path of seeing 504
The culminating training of the path of familiarization 512
The culmination of the uninterrupted path 518
The factors to be relinquished (wrong ideas) 519
Detailed explanation of the branches of the serial training (the cause
of stabilization) 521
Detailed explanation of the branches of the instantaneous training
(the result of stabilization) 522
The instantaneous training in terms of nonmaturation 522
The instantaneous training in terms of maturation 523
The instantaneous training in terms of the lack of characteristics 524
The instantaneous training in terms of nonduality 524
Detailed explanation of the branches of the dharmakāya (the fruition
of having engaged in the trainings) 524
The svābhāvikakāya 525
The wisdom dharmakāya 525
The sāmbhogikakāya 530
The instruction on the nairmāṇikakāya 538
The activity of the kāyas 538
aPPEnDIx I:
a ConCISE EnUmERaTIon oF ThE PaThS anD BhūmIS
oF BoDhISaTTvaS, ThE ChILDREn oF ThE vICToRS 545
aPPEnDIx II:
a SPECIFIC ExPLanaTIon oF ThE mannER oF
GRaDUaLLY PRoGRESSInG ThRoUGh ThE FIvE PaThS
anD ThE mannER oF aTTaInInG ThE QUaLITIES oF
ThE Ten BhūmIS 553
aPPEnDIx III:
a GEnERaL ToPIC oF ThE ORnAmenT oF
PRaJñāPāRamITā, [CaLLED] “ITS BRIEF PRoGRESSIvE
STaGES oF mEDITaTIon, an ExCELLEnT ExPLanaTIon
oF ThE SCRIPTURaL TRaDITIon” 585
aPPEnDIx Iv:
ThE DEFInITIonS anD BoUnDaRY LInES oF
PRaJñāPāRamITā, ThE EIGhT ToPICS, anD ThE
SEvEnTY PoInTS aCCoRDInG To LSSP/PSD anD LnG 611
aPPEnDIx v:
ThE DEFInITIonS oF ThE EIGhT ToPICS anD ThE
SEvEnTY PoInTS aCCoRDInG To PvSD 619
aPPEnDIx vI:
ThE DEFInITIonS anD BoUnDaRY LInES oF
PRaJñāPāRamITā, ThE EIGhT ToPICS, anD ThE
SEvEnTY PoInTS aCCoRDInG To PGSD 627
aPPEnDIx vII:
ThE DEFInITIonS oF ThE EIGhT ToPICS anD ThE
SEvEnTY PoInTS aCCoRDInG To mCG 635
aPPEnDIx vIII:
ThE DEFInITIonS anD BoUnDaRY LInES oF ThE EIGhT
ToPICS anD ThE SEvEnTY PoInTS aCCoRDInG To mPZL 643
aPPEnDIx Ix:
PGSD’S PRESEnTaTIon oF ThE DISPoSITIon 651
aPPEnDIx x:
PGSD’S ExPLanaTIon oF ThE SIGnS oF IRREvERSIBILITY 661
aPPEnDIx xI:
ThE DIFFEREnT moDELS oF ThE SEQUEnCE oF ThE
SamāDhIS oF ThE PREPaRaToRY Lion’S SPoRT anD
ThE aCTUaL CRoSSInG In onE LEaP on ThE PaTh
oF FamILIaRIZaTIon 671
GLoSSaRY: EnGLISh–SanSKRIT–TIBETan 673
GLoSSaRY: TIBETan–SanSKRIT–EnGLISh 681
noTES 687
SELECTED BIBLIoGRaPhY 875
InDEx 881