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Gone Beyond

Dkon-mchog-yan-lag <Źva-dmar Karma-pa, V.>:
Gone Beyond : the Prajñāpāramitā sūtras, the ornament of clear realization, and its commentaries in the Tibetan Kagyü tradition / translated and introduced by Karl Brunnhölzl. - Vol. 1-2. - Ithaca, N.Y. : Snow Lion Publications, 2010-2011. - (Tsadra Foundation Series)
Einheitssachtitel: Mṅon par rtogs pa'i rgyan gyi 'grel pa <engl.>
Vol. 1. - ca. 942 S. - 2010. - ISBN 978-1-55939-356-0
US$ 54,95
Vol. 2. - ca. 688 S. - 2011. - ISBN 978-1-55939-357-7
US$ 44,95
DDC: 294.385; 294.3923

The Abhisamayalamkara summarizes all the topics in the vast body of the Prajnaparamita Sutras. Resembling a zip-file, it only comes to life 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.
Gone Beyond contains the first in-depth study the Abhisamayalamkara (the text studied most extensively in higher Tibetan Buddhist education) and its commentaries in the Kagyu School. This study (in two volumes) includes translations of Maitreya's famous text and its commentary by the Fifth Shamarpa, Goncho Yenla (the first translation ever of a complete commentary on the Abhisamayalamkara into English), which are supplemented by extensive excerpts from the commentaries by the Third, Seventh, and Eighth Karmapas and others. Thus, it closes a long-standing gap in the modern scholarship on the Prajnaparamita Sutras and the literature on paths and bhumis in mahayana Buddhism.
   The first volume presents an English translation of the first three chapters of the Abhisamayalamkara and its commentary by the Fifth Shamarpa. The second volume presents an English translation of the final five chapters and its commentary by the Fifth Shamarpa. [Verlagsinformation]


KARL BRUNNHÖLZL was trained as a physician and presently works as a Tibetan translator and Buddhist teacher. He studied Tibetology, Buddhology, and Sanskrit at Hamburg University and Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy and practice the Marpa Institute for Translators in Kathmandu. Currently he works as a translator and interpreter for the Tsadra Foundation, Nalandabodhi, and the Nitartha Institute. In 2009 he was appointed as the first Western khenpo (abbot in the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages) by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. He is the author and translator of The Center of the Sunlit Sky (2004), the first in-depth study of the Kagyu interpretation of Madhyamaka in a Western language; Straight from the Heart (2007), an anthology of Buddhist pith instructions; Nagarjuna's In Praise of Dharmadhatu (2007) with commentary by the Third Karmapa; and Luminous Heart (2009), the Third Karmapa on buddha nature, consciousness, and wisdom.

Quellen: Snow Lion Publications; Wisdom Books (Vol. 2); Amazon (Vol. 1); Amazon (Vol. 2); Namse Bangdzo Bookstore (Vol. 2); WorldCat