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Moon of Wisdom

Moon of Wisdom - coverThe Moon of Wisdom
- Chapter Six of Chandrakirti's Entering the Middle Way
with commentary from the Eighth Karmapa Mikyo Dorje's Chariot of the Dagpo Kagyu Siddhas

Over twenty-five hundred years ago, the Buddha described the inconceivable, perfectly pure ture nature of reality in his teachings on Transcendent Wisdom (Sanskrit: Prajnaparamita). Some five centuries later, the noble protector Nagarjuna, in his seminal text The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way , summarized these vast teachings of the Buddhas and used logical reasoning to prove the validity of the buddha's words.

8th Karmapa - Mikyo DorjeEnetering the middle Way  is the glorious Chandrakirti's explanation of the meaning of Nagarjuna's work. Its sixth chapter, which constitutes the majority of the text, has four main sections: an exlantion of how in genuine reality phenomena do not truly arise; a refuation of the Mind-Only (Sanskrit: Chittamatra) School's assertion that mind truly exists; a refutation of the true existence of the person self; and an explantion of the sixteen types of emptiness taught by the Buddha in the Transcendent Wisdom sturas. In the course of his treatise, composed in succinct verse form, Chantdrakirti clarifies the ultimate meaning of the Buddha's Transcendent Wisdom sutras.

The Eight Karmapa - Mikyo Dorje - one of the most erudite and prolific scholars of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, elaborates on the meaning of these verses in a commentary that he proclaims to contain the key to gaining the realization achieved by all the enlightened masters of the past, present and future.

The Moon of Wisdom  is thus a book that explains the Buddha's ultimate teachings, how to gain confidence in them, and how to put them into practice in one's own life to the great benefit of oneself and others.

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