The word yoga has many meanings, including "meditation," "method," and "union." While the physical exercises of Hindu yoga are familiar to Westerners, the subtle metaphysics and refined methods of spiritual development that characterize Buddhist yoga are not yet well known.
This volume presents a landmark translation of a classical sourcebook of Buddhist yoga, the Sandhinirmochana-sutra, or "Scripture Unlocking the Mysteries," a revered text of the school of Buddhism known as Vijnanavada or Yogachara. The study of this scripture is essential preparation for anyone undertaking meditation exercise. Linking theory and praxis, the scripture offers a remarkably detailed and thorough course of study in both the philosophical and pragmatic foundation of Buddhist yoga, and their perfect, harmonious union in the realization of Buddhist enlightenment.
THOMAS CLE:ARY holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University and is a former fellow of Kyoto University. He has translated dozens of popular works from the Asian traditions.
Buddhist Yoga, Thomas Cleary, Shambhala Publications, $14.95
Thomas Cleary holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. He is the translator of over fifty volumes of Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian, and Islamic texts from Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, Pali, and Arabic.
Translator's Preface vii
1. Introduction 1
2. Characteristics of Ultimate Truth 5
3. Characteristics of Mind, Intellect, and Consciousness 19
4. Characteristics of All Phenomena 23
5. Essencelessness 27
6. Analyzing Yoga 43
7. The Transcendent Ways of the Stages 69
8. Deeds of the Enlightened 91