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Favorite Madhyamika Book

Post by Terma » Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:44 pm

What is your favorite Madhyamika book? What one has helped you to understand this topic the most and helped you to bring it into practice? It could be a text, commentary, teaching, etc.

I seem to be fond of Chandrakirti. There are numerous commentaries available in English and some of them are quite challenging. For myself, there is a transcript of a multi-year teaching series on the Madhyamikavatara given by DJKR a number of years ago which was made into an ebook and available through Siddhartha's Intent.

What is yours?

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Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Post by Aemilius » Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:03 am

Aryadeva's Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way,

same with Candrakirti's commentary, Four Illusions: Candrakirti's Advice to Travelers on the Bodhisattva Path
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Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Post by Wayfarer » Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:15 am

K Venkata Ramanan ‘Nāgārjuna’s Philosophy’ - translation of Chinese MMK with commentary.
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Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Post by Queequeg » Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:52 pm

I found Fahuaxuani by Zhiyi, and its study by Paul Swanson helpful, in conjunction with Tientai Buddhism and Early Madhyamika by Ng Yu-Kwan. Though not about Nagarjuna directly, they discuss Nagarjuna through the lens of Tiantai thought.

Though not a deliberate discussion of Madhyamika, I like Nagarjuna's Precious Garland as a practical counsel on how to apply the teachings for oneself and others.
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

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Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Post by Josef » Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:26 am

The bodhicaryavatara and Khenpo Kunpal's commentary on it, The Nectar of Manjushri's Speech.
Kye ma!
The river of continuity is marked by impermanence.
Ceaseless flowing of appearance.
Beautiful and repulsive.
The dance of life and death is a display of the vast expanse.
With gratitude the watcher and the watched pass through the barrier of duality.

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Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Post by Rick » Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:35 pm

This was recommended to me by Vasana and a few others in this forum: Center of the Sunlit Sky, by Karl Brunnhölzl.
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Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Post by ItsRaining » Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:05 pm

Ju Mipham's commentary on the Madhyamakavatara is very good, it covers the basic arguments of the Madhymaka and applies to various opponents as well as go in depth about a common and serious misunderstanding of emptiness - thta things are empty of something external to them.

Introduction to the Middle Way: Chandrakirti's Madhyamakavatara with Commentary by Ju Mipham

https://www.amazon.com.au/Introduction- ... B007ZE7YNU

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Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Post by passel » Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:18 am

Jay Garfield, Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way
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Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Post by zerwe » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:09 am

Introduction to the Middle Way (Madhyamakavatara), Candrakirti w/ Ju Mipham's commentary

Meditation on Emptiness, Jeffery Hopkins

Maps of the Profound--Jamyang Shepa's Great Exposition on Buddhist on Non-Buddhist views on the Nature of Reality, trans. Jeffery Hopkins

The Two Truths-Guy Newland

Jan Westerhoff's, The Madhyamaka concept of svabh ̄ava: ontological and cognitive aspects, as well as, various other of his writings pertaining to the middle way

UMA and Jeffery Hopkins have translated a wealth of monastic textbook material free to download

...

Some sort of study of Tenets--

Jetsun Chokyi Gyaltsen;s root text--Presentation of Tenets and various modern commentaries

Appearance and Reality, The Two Truths in the Four Buddhist Tenet Systems--Guy Newland

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Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Post by dharmafootsteps » Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:06 am

I've not read it yet but I did hear a fascinating talk from Prof. Komarovski partly around the same topic as this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Visions-Unity- ... ref=sr_1_2

Seems like it would be an interesting read to go along with the usual suspects on Madhyamaka.

He's also translated three of Shakya Chokden texts: https:/'s/www.amazon.co.uk/Three-Texts-Madhyamaka ... ref=sr_1_1

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Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Post by passel » Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:17 am

zerwe wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:09 am

UMA and Jeffery Hopkins have translated a wealth of monastic textbook material free to download

...

Shaun :namaste:
Where is this available?
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Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Post by haha » Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:25 pm

passel wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:17 am
Where is this available?
http://uma-tibet.org/indexlisted.php
or
http://uma-tibet.org/index-2a.html
Check out Hopkins Audio Archive, too. It has the excellent resources.

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With non hatred it ceases, this is the ancient lore.

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Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Post by passel » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:34 pm

Great! Thx
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Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Post by PeterC » Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:31 am

Gendun Chopel's Ornament of the Thought of Nagarjuna, translated by Lopez as "The Madman's Middle Way"

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Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Post by Josef » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:04 am

Steering clear of Tibetan polemics is a good way to go as well.
Kye ma!
The river of continuity is marked by impermanence.
Ceaseless flowing of appearance.
Beautiful and repulsive.
The dance of life and death is a display of the vast expanse.
With gratitude the watcher and the watched pass through the barrier of duality.

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Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Post by Matt J » Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:52 am

If some one came and took all of my Madhyamaka books (and I have many), I would fight to keep at least two:

Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness by Khenpo Tsultrum Gyamtso Rinpoche and the attendant commentary by Andy Karr called Contemplating Reality. They are both very accessible and practical. However, they are most applicable to Kagyu/Mahamudra practice.

I also think Douglas Duckworth's Jamgon Mipam: His Life and Teachings is excellent, although it is less practical than the first two. This is more of a Nyingma/Dzogchen point of view.

Although not really Madhyamaka, I also find Shabkar's Flight of the Garuda to be a great book generally, but it is restricted (or ought to be be Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche). Very practical, and he goes through the fundamentals of Madhyamaka. The best translation, hands down, is by Erik Pema Kunsang.
"The essence of meditation practice is to let go of all your expectations about meditation. All the qualities of your natural mind -- peace, openness, relaxation, and clarity -- are present in your mind just as it is. You don't have to do anything different. You don't have to shift or change your awareness. All you have to do while observing your mind is to recognize the qualities it already has."
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Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Post by Arupajhana7 » Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:55 am

Mine is Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso's "The Sun of Wisdom"

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Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

Post by kirtu » Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:44 am

Treasury of Precious Qualities, Jigme Lingpa, Commentary by Kangyur Rinpoche

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"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
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