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Abhidharmasamuccaya: The Compendium of the Higher Teaching (Philosophy)
By: Asanga
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The Compendium Of The Higher Teaching (Philosophy)
The Abhidharmasamuccaya is an extremely important text of Mahayana Abhidharma. It contains nearly all the main teachings of the Mahayana and can be considered as the summary of all the works by Asanga. The method of treatment of the subjects in this work is the same as the traditional method found in the texts of the Pali Abhidhamma which preceded it by several centuries, such as the Dhammasangani, Vibhanga and Dhatukatha: posing a question and answering it.
Adorning Maitreya’s Intent Arriving at the View of Nonduality Rongtonpa
Adorning Maitreya’s Intent: Arriving at the View of Nonduality
By: Rongtonpa
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According to tradition, Distinguishing the Middle from the Extremes (Madhyantavibhaga) was revealed by Maitreya to Asanga, and the radical view it presents forever changed the way Mahayana Buddhists perceive reality. Here, the Tibetan master Rongtön unpacks this manual and its practices for us in a way that is at once accessible and profound, with actual practical meditative applications. The work explains the vast paths of the three vehicles of Buddhism, emphasizing the view of Yogacara, and demonstrates the inseparability of experience and emptiness
Bodhisattva Path to Unsurpassed Enlightenment
Bodhisattva Path to Unsurpassed Enlightenment
A Complete Translation of the Bodhisattvabhumi
By: Asanga
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Arya Asanga’s Bodhisattvabhumi, or The Stage of a Bodhisattva, is the Mahayana tradition’s most comprehensive manual on the practice and training of bodhisattvas - by the author’s own account, a compilation of the full range of instructions contained in the entire collection of Mahayana sutras. A classic work of the Yogacara school, it has been cherished in Tibet by all the historical Buddhist lineages as a primary source of instruction on bodhisattva ethics, vows, and practices, as well as for its summary of the ultimate goal of the bodhisattva path - supreme enlightenment.
Buddha Nature: Ten Teachings on the Uttara Tantra Shastra
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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-"The enlightened essence is present in all sentient beings. Although the beings themselves undergo many different types of change -- happiness, suffering, birth, old age, sickness, and finally death -- no change occurs in the buddha nature itself. Our innate buddha nature remains forever the changeless seed of happiness and enlightenment."
Buddha Nature
Buddha Nature: The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra with Com.
By: Maitreya, Jamgon Kongtrul, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso
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All sentient beings, without exception, have buddha nature, the inherent purity and perfection of the mind, untouched by changing mental states. The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra, one of the "Five Treatises" said to have been dictated to Asanga by the Bodhisattva Maitreya, presents the Buddha's definitive teachings on how we should understand this ground of enlightenment and clarifies the nature and qualities of buddhahood. This seminal text details with great clarity the view which forms the basis for Vajrayana, and especially Mahamudra, practice. Thus it builds a bridge between the Sutrayana and Vajrayana levels of the Buddha's teaching, elaborated here in Jamgon Kongtrul's commentary.
Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata, Commentary on Treatise of Maitreya
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata is a text that is very brief and direct in its presentation and is included within the class of oral instructions. It is a work which clearly portrays the character of nothing less than non-conceptual original wisdom, the point of utmost profundity within the Mahayana.
Distinguishing Phenomena from Their Intrinsic Nature: Maitreya's Dharmadharmatavibhaga with Commentaries by Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham
Distinguishing Phenomena from Their Intrinsic Nature: Maitreya's Dharmadharmatavibhaga with Commentaries by Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham
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The Buddhist masterpiece Distinguishing Phenomena from Their Intrinsic Nature, often referred to by its Sanskrit title, Dharmadharmatavibhanga, is part of a collection known as the Five Maitreya Teachings, a set of philosophical works that have become classics of the Indian Buddhist tradition. Maitreya, the Buddhas regent, is held to have entrusted these profound and vast instructions to the master Asanga in the heavenly realm of Tushita. Outlining the difference between appearance and reality, this work shows that the path to awakening involves leaving behind the inaccurate and limiting beliefs we have about ourselves and the world around us and opening ourselves to the limitless potential of our true nature. By divesting the mind of confusion, the treatise explains, we see things as they actually are. This insight allows for the natural unfolding of compassion and wisdom. This volume includes commentaries by Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham, whose discussions illuminate the subtleties of the root text and provide valuable insight into the nature of reality and the process of awakening.

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Fundamental Potential for Enlightenment
Fundamental Potential for Enlightenment
By: Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden
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The Fundamental Potential for Enlightenment analyses the potential for enlightenment from the perspectives of the two main schools of Mahayana thought - the Mind-Only school and the Middle Way school.
By: Asanga, Surekha Vijay Limaye
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The Mahayanasutralamkara by Asanga is a landmark in the development of Vijnanavada absolutism. This is a gigantic work on Mahayana Buddhism. The title itself indicates its manifold features of Mahayana. Putting it in Asanga's own words, its an embelishment of Mahayana sutras. There is no Buddhist topic which is not touched by Asanga. Various topics of Buddhism are discussed on the lines of Mahayana in twenty-one chapters called Adhikasas with commentary.
Mahayanasutralamkara of Asanga
By: Asanga, Shastri
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A Study in Vijnanavada Buddhism. The main aim of this work is to bring out the full significance of the Philosophy of Mahayanasutralankara of Asanga. Asanga is one of the most important philosophical personalities in the history of Buddhism, and his contribution to the Vijnanavada school of thought is unparalleled.
Maitreya on Buddha Nature
Maitreya on Buddha Nature
By: Asanga / Ken Holmes
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During the last years of his life, Buddha Shakyamuni revealed the deepest of his teachings, in what we call now the "Third Turning of the Wheel of Dharma." These show the heart nature of every one and everything to be the sublime perfection of enlightenment. This unrecognized inner essence is known as buddhanature. To discover it completely is to become a Buddha, with all a Buddha's qualities and power to help others. But what really and truly is a Buddha? What lies at the heart of the Buddha's teachings, the Dharma? What is it that illuminates the Buddhist saints of the sangha?
Maitreya's Distinguising Phenomena and Pure Being
Maitreya's Distinguishing Phenomena and Pure Being
By: Maitreya, Ju Mipham Rinpoche
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Distinguishing Phenomena and Pure Being was composed by Maitreya during the golden age of Indian Buddhism. Mipham's commentary cogently supports Maitreya's text in a detailed analysis of how ordinary confused consciousness can be transformed into wisdom. Precise and detailed instructions guide the reader through the incredibly profound meditation that gradually brings about this transformation. This important and comprehensive work belongs on the bookshelf of any serious Buddhist practitioner and, indeed, of anyone interested in realizing their full potential as a human being.
Maitreya's Distinguishing the Middle from the Extremes
Maitreya's Distinguishing the Middle from the Extremes: A Study and Annotated Translation of the Madhyantavibhaga, Along with Vasubhadhu's Commentary, the Madhyantavibhaga-bhasya
By: Mario D'Amato (Translator)
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The Madhyantavibhaga is classified by later Indian, Chinese, and Tibetan traditions as belonging to the Yogacara school, and is considered to be one the treatises of Maitreya. The text offers a treatment of some key doctrines of the Mahayana, including the three-nature theory and the doctrine of emptiness, which is addressed in a specifically Yogacara manner. This volume is divided into two parts. The first part contains a study of the text, including an introduction to Yogacara philosophy, an overview of the Madhyantavibhaga-corpus, and a detailed exegesis of the text, incorporating interpretations offered in recent scholarship. The second part contains a fully annotated translation of the text and its commentary, making significant use of Sthiramati's subcommentary in the notes.
Metaphysics and Mysticism in Mahayana Buddhism, An Analytical Study of the Ratnagotravibhago - Mahayanottaratantra Sastram
By: C.D. Sebastian
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Canonical and classical Mahayana literature falls into two classes viz., Prajnaparamita and the Tathagatagarbha classes. The Ratnagotravibhago Mahayanottara- tantra Sastra, popularly known as the Uttaratantra, is the foremost example of the Tathagata-garbha literature. In this volume the author makes an exegetical and analytic study of the same text, and brings out the metaphysical and mystical bearings of Mahayana Buddhism.
Middle Beyond Extremes: Maitreya's Madhyantavibhanga with Commentaries
By: Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham
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Middle Beyond Extremes contains a translation of the Buddhist masterpiece Distinguishing the Middle from Extremes. This famed text, often referred to by its Sanskrit title, Madhyantavibhaga, is part of a collection known as the Five Maitreya Teachings. Maitreya, the Buddha's regent, is held to have entrusted these profound and vast instructions to the master Asanga in the heavenly realm of Tushita. Unraveling the subtle processes that condition our thinking and experience, Maitreya's teaching reveals a powerful path of compassionate vision and spiritual transformation.
Millenium of Buddhist Logic
By: Wayman, Alex
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Part I (Introductory) has Asanga's Rules of Debate, Dharmakirti's Nyayabindu with Kamalasila's commentary, and Santi-pa's treatise on 'inner pervasion.
Part II, devoted to the Dignaga-Dharmaklrti system, has five sets of eleven verses, then a study of Bu-Ston's commentary on Dharmakirti's Pramanaviniscaya, and finally Tsong-kha-pa's Mun sel on the Seven Books of Dharmakirti.
Mining for Wisdom within Delusion: Maitreyas Distinction between Phenomena and the Nature of Phenomena and Its Indian and Tibetan Commentaries
Mining for Wisdom within Delusion: Maitreyas Distinction between Phenomena and the Nature of Phenomena and Its Indian and Tibetan Commentaries
By: Karl Brunnholzl
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Maitreya's Distinction between Phenomena and the Nature of Phenomena distinguishes the illusory phenomenal world of samsara produced by the confused dualistic mind from the ultimate reality that is minds true nature. The transition from the one to the other is the process of mining for wisdom within delusion. Maitreya's text calls this the fundamental change, which refers to the vanishing of delusive appearances through practicing the path, thus revealing the underlying changeless nature of these appearances.
Ornament of Clear Realization,
Ornament of Clear Realization, Commentary on The Treatise of Maitreya
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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These works, transmitted from Arya Maitreya the fifth and future Buddha of this fortunate age to Arya Asanga some time in the third century, comprise one of the major foundations of Mahayana Buddhism, the unbroken transmission and practice of which continues today. The focus of this text is the Prajnaparamita teachings. There are two main ways of approaching the meaning of the Prajnaparamita, the direct and indirect approach, with both approaches revealing the meaning of emptiness.
Ornament of Clear Realization: The Prajnaparamita Teachings
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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This Prajnaparamita text along with its shorter versions of 25,000 and 8,000 verses came from the great tantric practitioner Nagarjuna who lived in the first century A. D. The Ornament comprises 80 distinct points and these points are memorized in Tibetan monastic colleges and are an integral part of a Buddhist education. For this reason, each of these points and their Tibetan names have been included in the extensive outline of this book. The present book is a commentary by Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche Geshe Lharampa on the Prajnaparamita of the Maitreya Buddha.
Ornament of the Great Vehicle Sutras
Ornament of the Great Vehicle Sutras: Maitreya's Mahayanasutralamkara with Commentaries by Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham
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A comprehensive description of the bodhisattva's view, meditation, and enlightened activities. Bodhisattvas are beings who, out of vast love for all sentient beings, have dedicated themselves to the task of becoming fully awakened buddhas, capable of helping all beings in innumerable and vast ways to become enlightened themselves. To fully awaken requires great generosity, patience, energy, discipline, concentration, and wisdom, but we all have the potential to develop these qualities since we have the seed of buddhahood.
Summary of The Great Vehicle
By: Asanga / John P. Keenan, Tr.
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This book is perhaps the most representative text of the Yogacara school of Mahayana Buddhism. Yogacara, together with Madhyamika, laid the foundation for subsequent Mahayana thinking.
[...] The Summary presents the classic argument for the basic Yogacara themes on conscious interiority, attempting to reinterpret within this context the general Mahayana teachings of emptiness and dependent co-arising.
Universal Vehicle Discourse Literature
Universal Vehicle Discourse Literature, Mahayanasutralamkara
By: Maitreya / Asanga
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Universal Vehicle Discourse Literature (Mahayanasutralamkara) was transmitted from the bodhisattva Maitreyanatha to Arya Asanga, the fourth century Indian Buddhist scholar-adept. The most foundational of the set of the famous Five Teachings of Maitreya, the Discourse Literature is considered the wellspring of what the Tibetans call the “magnificent deeds trend of the path,” the compassion side, which balances the “profound view trend of the path,” the wisdom side.
Uttara Tantra: A Treatise on Buddha Nature
Uttara Tantra: A Treatise on Buddha Nature
By: Maitreya/Assanga, Thrangu Rinpoche
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A translation of the Root Text and a Commentary on the Uttara Tantra Sastra of Maitreya and Asanga
The Uttara Tantra is one of the main texts of the Mahayana path. It establishes that there is Buddha-nature in all sentient beings. It is the presence of this essence which makes it possible for all sentient beings, without a single exception, to eventually achieve enlightenment.
Uttaratantra of Maitreya
By: Obermiller
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This books is in four parts. The first part consists of Introduction by H.S. Prasad. He argues for sempiternal, dynamic and substantive reality underlying all appearances. He shows that as one rises to a higher level of consciousness, the various Yanas, like Sravakayana, Pratyekabuddhayana, Bodhi-sattvayana and Mahayana, all merge into ekayana; for each contributes to the gradual realisation of the oneness of ultimate reality, thus paving the way for the emergence of universal culture. On Prasad's view the much talked-about negativism of the Madhyamika-Sarvadrstisunyata is not an end in it self, rather it is a basis for the realisation of the essential unity of all beings, sentient as well as insentient, leading to the cultivation and promotion of universal good, compassion and friendliness.
Uttaratantra: A Treatise on Buddha-Essence
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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A Treatise on Buddha-Essence
The Uttaratantra, elucidates the Third Turning of the Buddha's teachings on Buddha-essence û the inherent qualities and potential for Buddhahood present in all beings. The elucidation of this potential, emptiness and luminosity inseparable, is the bridge between the Sutra and Tantric paths, the view of Vajrayana and the ground of Mahamudra, thus it is an essential text for all practitioners of the Buddhadharma.