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Center of the Sunlit Sky: Madhyamaka in the Kagyu Tradition
By: Karl Brunnholzl

Center of the Sunlit Sky: Madhyamaka in the Kagyu Tradition

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Author: Karl Brunnholzl
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781559392181

Product Code: 12854

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Madhyamaka is a potent and universally accessible means of calming our suffering and awakening to our innate wisdom. The Center of the Sunlit Sky artfully rescues this brilliant teaching from its unwarranted reputation for intellectual opacity and reinstates it as a supremely practical toolkit for everyday living.
The aim of this book is to take Madhyamaka out of the purely intellectual corner into which it -unjustly- gets boxed. It is an attempt to show Madhyamaka actually addresses and works with all of our experiences in life.
The book follows the original Indian sources as well as the standard commentaries on Madhyamaka in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. At the same time, these materials are adapted for a contemporary audience, combining the familiar sharpness of Madhaymaka reasonings )launching a massive assault on our cherished belief systems) with exploring the practical relevance of the Madhyamaka way of mind training.

Part One of the book, "The General presentation of Madhyamka in the Kagyu Tradition," provides an overview of the transmission of Madhyamaka from India to Tibet and its relation to Vajrayana and Mahamudra, followed by a general presentation of Madhyamaka in terms of ground, path and fruition. Further chapters are devoted to the Autonomist-Consequentialist distinction, the controversial issue of "Shentong-Madhyamaka," the distinction between expedient and definitive meanin, and a penetrating presentation of the major differences between the Eighth Karmapa's and Tsongkhapa's interpretation of Madhyamaka.

Part Two consists of a brief introduction to the Bodhicaryavatara and a translation of the Second Pawo Rinpoche's commmentary on its ninth chapter (on knowledge).

Center of the Sunlit Sky: Madhyamaka in the Kagyu Tradition, Karl Brunnholzl, Snow Lion Publications, Hardcover, 2004, 800 pp., $78.00

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