For almost two thousand years Nagarjuna's teachings have occupied a central position in Mahayana Buddhism.
An essential part of the study and practice in the great Indian Buddhist monastic universities, these teachings were later incorporated into the Tibetan monastic programs which modeled their curricula on their Indian predecessors.
This volume contains a translation of Seventy Stanzas - a fundamental work of Nagarjuna on the Madhyamika system of Buddhist philosophy, along with a commentary on it from the Prasangika viewpoint by Geshe Sonam Rinchen.
David Komito summarizes basic Buddhist doctrines on perception and the creation of concepts, which have traditionally served as the backdrop for Nagarjuna's teachings about how people consistently misperceive and misunderstand the nature of the reality in which they live and the means through which they experience it.
David Ross Komito received his Ph.D. from Indiana Universiry. He has published numerous articles on Buddhism and its relation to Psychology and Ecology and is the editor of Paths and Grounds of Guhyasamaya According to Arya Nagarjuna. Since 1979 he has taught courses on Religious Studies and the Psychology of Religion at the University of Massachusetts, Wesleyan University, John F. Kennedy University, and currently at Eastern Oregon University and the University of San Francisco.
Geshe Sonam Rinchen was born in Tibet in 1933. He studied at Sera Je Monastery and in 1980 received the Lharampa Geshe degree. He is currently resident scholar at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, India, where he teaches Buddhist philosophy and practice.
This book will interest Buddhist practitioners, scholars, and psychologists who seek a deeper understanding of Buddhist psychology and epistemology.