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Middle Beyond Extremes

Maitreya's Madhyantavibhaga - coverMiddle Beyond Extremes
- Maitreya's Madhyantavibhaga
— with commentaries by Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham

A classic exposition of the Mind-Only School of Mahayana Buddhism.

Included are two commentaries which flesh out the terse root text and explore the underlying philosophical issues.

This work contains a translation of the Buddhist masterpiece Distinguishing the Middle from Extremes. This famed text (Madhyantavibhaga in Sanskrit) 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.

In pithy verses, Distinguishing the Middle from Extremes  employs the principle of the three natures to explain the way things seem to be as well as the way they actually are. Unraveling the subtle processes that condition our thinking and experience, Maitreya's teaching reveals a powerful path of compassionate vision and spiritual transformation.

Distinguishing the Middle from Extremes is here presented alongside commentaries by two outstanding masters of Tibet's nonsectarian Rimé movement - Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham.

AsangaMaitreya and Asanga (fl. 4th century C.E.) are the progenitors of the Approach of Vast Activity - one of two great currents of Mahayana view and practice. Their works have achieved the status of unique spiritual classics. Throughout the centuries, they have continued to guide and inspire some of Buddhism's most brilliant minds.

Khenpo Shenga (1871-1927) contributed tremendously to the non-sectarian Rimé movement in Tibet. His commentaries on the classic Indian Buddhist treatises have become the core curriculum in numerous monastic colleges throughout Tibet and South Asia.

Ju Mipham (1846-1912) displayed a universal genius as he wrote on all aspects of Buddhist theory and practice, as well as on the traditional sciences. He has emerged as one of the most influential figures to come out of the Tibetan tradition in recent centuries.

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