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Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend

With Commentary by Kangyur Rinpoche

Author: Nagarjuna  

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Nagarjuna's poetic presentation of the fundamental teachings of the Great Vehicle, or Mahayana, is remarkable for its concise style and memorable imagery, making it one of the most widely quoted sources in other commentaries on the Mahayana path.

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Nagarjuna's poetic presentation of the fundamental teachings of the Great Vehicle, or Mahayana, is remarkable for its concise style and memorable imagery, making it one of the most widely quoted sources in other commentaries on the Mahayana path.

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An exposition of the entire Buddhist path in only 123 verses. A Buddhist classic. Nagarjuna's poetic presentation of the fundamental teachings of the Great Vehicle, or Mahayana, is remarkable for its concise style and memorable imagery, making it one of the most widely quoted sources in other commentaries on the Mahayana path. The great Indian Buddhist master Nagarjuna (first-second century C.E.) wrote his celebrated poem "Letter to a Friend" as a gift of advice to a South Indian king, and it has since become a monument in the Indian shastra tradition. Despite its short length (only 123 verses), Nagarjuna's "Letter to a Friend" covers the entire Mahayana path, combining a practical approach to daily conduct with a theoretical exposition of the different stages leading to enlightenment. It has thus been an ideal source for many of Tibet's great scholars seeking a scriptural authority to enhance their own descriptions of the Buddhist path. Any difficulties in understanding the poem are overcome here by Kangyur Rinpoche's commentary, which turns Nagarjuna's sometimes cryptic poem into straightforward prose, expanding on each topic and

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Critic Reviews

“"This text is one of the most cherished works amongst practitioners of all levels of understanding and practice."--Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, author of It's Up to You "The combination of the colorful root text and Rinpoche's helpful commentary make the book a valuable resource suitable for repeated readings and contemplation."--Thar Lam "An inspiring classic of Buddhist literature, an enlightening commentary, an impeccable translation."--Matthieu Ricard, author of Journey to Enlightenment”

"This text is one of the most cherished works amongst practitioners of all levels of understanding and practice."--Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, author of It's Up to You "The combination of the colorful root text and Rinpoche's helpful commentary make the book a valuable resource suitable for repeated readings and contemplation."--Thar Lam

"An inspiring classic of Buddhist literature, an enlightening commentary, an impeccable translation."--Matthieu Ricard, author of Journey to Enlightenment

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NAGARJUNA, the South Indian Buddhist master who lived six hundred years after the Buddha, is undoubtedly the most important, influential, and widely studied Mahayana Buddhist philosopher. YABJE KANGYUR RINPOCHE (1897-1975), of the monastery of Riwoche in Kham, was a great scholar and tertoen. He spent much of his life as a wandering hermit, living in mountain retreats and practicing in various parts of Tibet. He left Tibet in the 1950s and was one of the first Tibetan masters to accept Western disciples. he PADMAKARA TRANSLATION GROUP has a distinguished reputation for its translations of Tibetan texts and teachings and is renowned for its clear and accurate literary style.

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Product Details

Publisher
SNOW LION PUBN | Snow Lion Publications
Published
10th September 2013
Pages
208
ISBN
9781559394154

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17 Oct, 2021
Grateful to have access to an English translation of this Dharma Treasure.
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