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Gone Beyond (volume 1): the Prajnaparamita, the Ornament of Clear Realization, and its commentaries in the Tibetan Kagyu tradition
The Abhisamayalamkara summarizes all the topics in the vast body of the Perfection of Wisdom sutras. To understand this extraordinarily condensed text, it is necessary to have the assistance of reliable Indian and Tibetan commentaries. Together, they not only discuss the "hidden meaning" of the Perfection of Wisdom sutras—paths and grounds—but also serve as a basis for further reflection on the explicit topic of these sutras—the principle of 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.
This study of the Abhisamayalamkara and its commentaries in the Tibetan Kagyü School includes the very first complete translation of a commentary on this text. It also closes a long-standing gap in the scholarship on the Perfection of Wisdom sutras and the literature on paths and grounds.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Karl Brunnhölzl is the author/translator of several books including Luminous Heart. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
"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.