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  Ocean of Eloquence: Tsong kha pa's Commentary on the Yogacara Doctrine of Mind
By: Sparham, Gareth

Ocean of Eloquence


 
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Author: Sparham, Gareth, Tr.
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 0791414795
Publication Date: 1993

Product Code: 3785
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Tsong kha pa's Commentary on the YOGACARA DOCTRINE OF MIND

This book is of particular interest because it shows the presence of the Yogacara (Mind Only) school in Tibet. It is well known that the Madhyamaka school flourished in Tibet, but less well known that Yogacara doctrines were also studied and practiced. The former school stresses the inexpressible ultimate; the latter, the natural luminosity of mind. This is probably the best introduction to the distinctive eight consciousnesses systems of Yogacara. It also makes understandable the different meanings of the profound alaya-vijnana (the storehouse consciousness, or basis of all) that is the pivotal eighth consciousness in their system.
For those interested in meditation, the author's introduction explains how earlier Tibetan meditation (the method of allowing mind to look into its own pure nature) uses the eight-consciousness system.
The book is remarkable in that it addresses the problem of how a person trapped within the confines of a limited and deluded personality can transcend that state and attain liberation. By his inquiry into the process of transformation, Tsong kha pa makes profound comments which will interest those who ask whether enlightenment is a gradual process or a sudden breakthrough.

Ocean of Eloquence, Translated by Gareth Sparham, SUNY Press, Hardcover, 260 pages, $23.50

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