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Madhyamakāvatāra

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Candrakirti

Madhyamakāvatāra (Sanskrit: Madhyamakāvatāra; Tib. wylie: ‘’dBu-ma-la ‘Jug-pa) is a text by Candrakirti (600–c. 650) on the Middle Way school (Skt. Mādhyamaka). It is a commentary on the meaning of Nagarjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā and also the Daśabhūmikasūtra-śāstra As such, within the Tibetan Buddhist canon this text is classified as commentarial literature.

The inclusion of the text within most Geshe 'syllabus' (Tibetan: shedra) is normative.


The text

The Madhyamakāvatāra relates the Mādhyamaka doctrine of 'emptiness' (Sanskrit: śūnyatā) to the 'spiritual discipline' (Sanskrit: sadhana) of a Bodhisattva. The Madhyamakāvatāra contains eleven chapters, where each addresses one of the 'ten perfections' (Sanskrit: pāramitā) fulfilled by Bodhisattvas as they traverse the 'ten stages' (Sanskrit: bhūmi) to Buddhahood, which is the final chapter.


Quotation

Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche (1997) render's a quotation from Candrakirti's Madhyamakāvatāra thus:

That which arises interdependently
Is characterized as meeting and working together.


Commentarial literature

  • [[Jamgon Ju Mipham Gyats

o]] (1846–1912) wrote a commentary on the Madhyamakavatara entitled: dbu ma la 'jug pa'i 'grel pa zla ba'i zhal lung dri me shel phreng; the title has been rendered into English by Duckworth (2008: p.232) as: Immaculate Crystal Rosary


English translations

Source

Wikipedia:Madhyamakāvatāra