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The Complete Works of Atisa Sri Dipamkara Jnana, Jo-Bo-Rje: The Lamp for the Path and Commentary
The Complete Works of Atisa Sri Dipamkara Jnana, Jo-Bo-Rje: The Lamp for the Path and Commentary
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From the Jacket

These translations of the 11th century Tibetan texts of Atisa open important charismatic documents for the general reader of Buddhism. Although these texts have been acknowledged for centuries as the source and inspiration of the Dge-lugs-pa and Bka' -gdams-pa monastic orders' in Tibet and Central Asia, the writings of Atisa have only recently found more interest among Western scholars.

The Lamp for the Path and its Commentary were translated and published in 1983 by Richard Sherburne, and are included in this book, but newly added are his translations of the Twenty-five Key Texts authored by Atisa himself. The Key Texts are found in the Tibetan Tengyur in a collection called the 'The Hundred Root Texts' (rtsa brgya) which were preserved by Atisa's followers as fundamental for a proper study of Buddhist theory and practice.

Atisa (982-1054 CE) is the Bengali monk-saint who sparked the revival of Buddhism in Tibet beginning in 1042 - after nearly a century and a half of repression and decline. He is the revered founder of the distinctive religious tradition that gave vitality to generations of great intellectual, political, and spiritual leaders of Tibet (not least of whom are the Dalai Lamas) who drew their inspiration and motivation from the program of spiritual discipline defined and described in these texts.

Atisa's genius lay in the originality of his integration of the great but sometimes conflicting Indian Buddhist theories and practices of his day into a sure and sound doctrine for the achievement of Bodhi-Awakening and highest tantric mystical experience. His message does not fall under the heading of esoteric teaching, but was written for monks and beginners who had been out of touch or unfamiliar with the great Indian Sanskrit sources of Buddhist thought. It is an overview of Buddhism both profound and comprehensive that should be of interest to any student of the human religious experience.

Richard Sherburne is professor emeritus of Religious Studies from Seattle University, a Jesuit priest with a doctorate in Buddhist Studies, lecturer and writer, and long time student and friend of Tibetan monks and lamas. He has done research in Buddhist monasteries in India, Nepal, and Bhutan, and has retraced Atisa's footsteps in Nepal, and central Tibet.

Foreword

Atisa, the author of A Lamp For The Path To Enlightenment (Bodhipathapradipa), is held in special regard by Tibetans. He had a vision that he would not live so long if he left India and went to Tibet. Nevertheless, this Indian saint and scholar made the arduous journey across the Himalayas and travelled throughout Tibet teaching and giving guidance in the full realisation that by so doing he would shorten his life by many years. The place where he died, not far from Lhasa, was and remains to this day an important place of pilgrimage for Tibetans.

Atisa's life itself exemplifies the religious path taught by the Buddha. He travelled far and wide to study with teachers who could explain the practices from their own experience, and having learned the importance of altruism directed towards all living beings, strove to transform himself into an embodiment of love and compassion. He recognised the importance of ethical conduct, meditative stabilization and wisdom and Practised all three. Before coming to Tibet he was accepted in his own land as foremost authority on discipline, meditation and Buddhist philosophy. Like other great and kind Indian masters who taught Buddhism to Tibetans, he also gave due importance to Tantra.

Atisa taught that Buddha's message was primarily a method to relieve the suffering of living beings. He sought to heal the division which threatened the spread of Buddhism in Tibet by emphasizing the central Buddhist teachings and by showing clearly that each teaching was relevant at the appropriate time and for the appropriate person. He stressed the value in all branches of the Buddha's teaching.

This book, which was written by Atisa with special needs of his Tibetan disciples in mind, is the prototype of the stages of the (Lam rim) literature, which reached its full bloom amongst later Tibetan teachers and scholars. It presents the important practices in a concise and easily understandable manner and orders them in terms of the development and ability of the mind.

Such practices as these are timeless and of benefit to all. Just as we Tibetans have benefited greatly from them through the centuries, I hop those in other countries will find here a method to attain the lasting peace they desire. The translation of the text into English here by the noted Christian scholar, Richard Sherburne, S. J., Illustrates cooperation between religions that enhances mutual understanding and draws the world together in recognition of the common goal of bettering humankind.

CONTENTS
Preface to Second Editionvii
Forewordxi
Introductionxv
Abbreviationsxix
A Lamp for the Enlightenment Path [Poem]1
Commentary on the Lamp for the Path21
Dedication And Theme23
Vehicle of the Perfections
Part One: Higher Conduct33
CHAPTER 1 The Triple Refuge37
CHAPTER 2 The Enlightenment Thought67
CHAPTER 3 The Monastic Life111
CHAPTER 4 The Bodhisattva Vow147
Part Two: Higher Meditation
CHAPTER 5 The Superknowledges191
Part Three: Higher Insight
CHAPTER 6 Insight And Means217
Vehicle of Mysticism
CHAPTER 7 Tantra279
Colophons311
Appendices
CHART I The Five Paths323
CHART II Tantric Initiations 324
The Key Texts of Atisa
327
1The Lamp for the Path329
2A Lamp for Essential Practice347
3Introduction to the Two Truths353
4Instruction on the Middle Way361
5Gathering the Essence367
6The Essence Clearly Explained 371
7The Jewel Garland of the Bodhisattva379
8Brief Instruction on Bodhisattva Practice387
9A Song: Mind Deliverance from Rebirth397
10A Song for the Practice407
11Song of the Dharmadhatu View413
12Instruction on Single Awareness415
13Instruction on Entering the Path421
14A Teaching on Taking the Refuges431
15Mahayana Meditations in Verse439
16Outline of Mahayana Path Meditation463
17Encouragement in One's Daily Practice467
18The Compendium of the Sutras 473
19The Ten Unvirtuous Actions489
20Classifications of Actions [karma]495
21Concentration Equipment519
22Sevenfold Worship523
23Ritual before Recitation and Reading527
24Ritual for Molding Offerings529
25Steps in the Guru Duties533
26Bodhisattva Vow Ritual537

The Complete Works of Atisa Sri Dipamkara Jnana, Jo-Bo-Rje: The Lamp for the Path and Commentary

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2003
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8177420224
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Together with the newly translated Twenty-five Key Texts. (Tibetan and English Texts)
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From the Jacket

These translations of the 11th century Tibetan texts of Atisa open important charismatic documents for the general reader of Buddhism. Although these texts have been acknowledged for centuries as the source and inspiration of the Dge-lugs-pa and Bka' -gdams-pa monastic orders' in Tibet and Central Asia, the writings of Atisa have only recently found more interest among Western scholars.

The Lamp for the Path and its Commentary were translated and published in 1983 by Richard Sherburne, and are included in this book, but newly added are his translations of the Twenty-five Key Texts authored by Atisa himself. The Key Texts are found in the Tibetan Tengyur in a collection called the 'The Hundred Root Texts' (rtsa brgya) which were preserved by Atisa's followers as fundamental for a proper study of Buddhist theory and practice.

Atisa (982-1054 CE) is the Bengali monk-saint who sparked the revival of Buddhism in Tibet beginning in 1042 - after nearly a century and a half of repression and decline. He is the revered founder of the distinctive religious tradition that gave vitality to generations of great intellectual, political, and spiritual leaders of Tibet (not least of whom are the Dalai Lamas) who drew their inspiration and motivation from the program of spiritual discipline defined and described in these texts.

Atisa's genius lay in the originality of his integration of the great but sometimes conflicting Indian Buddhist theories and practices of his day into a sure and sound doctrine for the achievement of Bodhi-Awakening and highest tantric mystical experience. His message does not fall under the heading of esoteric teaching, but was written for monks and beginners who had been out of touch or unfamiliar with the great Indian Sanskrit sources of Buddhist thought. It is an overview of Buddhism both profound and comprehensive that should be of interest to any student of the human religious experience.

Richard Sherburne is professor emeritus of Religious Studies from Seattle University, a Jesuit priest with a doctorate in Buddhist Studies, lecturer and writer, and long time student and friend of Tibetan monks and lamas. He has done research in Buddhist monasteries in India, Nepal, and Bhutan, and has retraced Atisa's footsteps in Nepal, and central Tibet.

Foreword

Atisa, the author of A Lamp For The Path To Enlightenment (Bodhipathapradipa), is held in special regard by Tibetans. He had a vision that he would not live so long if he left India and went to Tibet. Nevertheless, this Indian saint and scholar made the arduous journey across the Himalayas and travelled throughout Tibet teaching and giving guidance in the full realisation that by so doing he would shorten his life by many years. The place where he died, not far from Lhasa, was and remains to this day an important place of pilgrimage for Tibetans.

Atisa's life itself exemplifies the religious path taught by the Buddha. He travelled far and wide to study with teachers who could explain the practices from their own experience, and having learned the importance of altruism directed towards all living beings, strove to transform himself into an embodiment of love and compassion. He recognised the importance of ethical conduct, meditative stabilization and wisdom and Practised all three. Before coming to Tibet he was accepted in his own land as foremost authority on discipline, meditation and Buddhist philosophy. Like other great and kind Indian masters who taught Buddhism to Tibetans, he also gave due importance to Tantra.

Atisa taught that Buddha's message was primarily a method to relieve the suffering of living beings. He sought to heal the division which threatened the spread of Buddhism in Tibet by emphasizing the central Buddhist teachings and by showing clearly that each teaching was relevant at the appropriate time and for the appropriate person. He stressed the value in all branches of the Buddha's teaching.

This book, which was written by Atisa with special needs of his Tibetan disciples in mind, is the prototype of the stages of the (Lam rim) literature, which reached its full bloom amongst later Tibetan teachers and scholars. It presents the important practices in a concise and easily understandable manner and orders them in terms of the development and ability of the mind.

Such practices as these are timeless and of benefit to all. Just as we Tibetans have benefited greatly from them through the centuries, I hop those in other countries will find here a method to attain the lasting peace they desire. The translation of the text into English here by the noted Christian scholar, Richard Sherburne, S. J., Illustrates cooperation between religions that enhances mutual understanding and draws the world together in recognition of the common goal of bettering humankind.

CONTENTS
Preface to Second Editionvii
Forewordxi
Introductionxv
Abbreviationsxix
A Lamp for the Enlightenment Path [Poem]1
Commentary on the Lamp for the Path21
Dedication And Theme23
Vehicle of the Perfections
Part One: Higher Conduct33
CHAPTER 1 The Triple Refuge37
CHAPTER 2 The Enlightenment Thought67
CHAPTER 3 The Monastic Life111
CHAPTER 4 The Bodhisattva Vow147
Part Two: Higher Meditation
CHAPTER 5 The Superknowledges191
Part Three: Higher Insight
CHAPTER 6 Insight And Means217
Vehicle of Mysticism
CHAPTER 7 Tantra279
Colophons311
Appendices
CHART I The Five Paths323
CHART II Tantric Initiations 324
The Key Texts of Atisa
327
1The Lamp for the Path329
2A Lamp for Essential Practice347
3Introduction to the Two Truths353
4Instruction on the Middle Way361
5Gathering the Essence367
6The Essence Clearly Explained 371
7The Jewel Garland of the Bodhisattva379
8Brief Instruction on Bodhisattva Practice387
9A Song: Mind Deliverance from Rebirth397
10A Song for the Practice407
11Song of the Dharmadhatu View413
12Instruction on Single Awareness415
13Instruction on Entering the Path421
14A Teaching on Taking the Refuges431
15Mahayana Meditations in Verse439
16Outline of Mahayana Path Meditation463
17Encouragement in One's Daily Practice467
18The Compendium of the Sutras 473
19The Ten Unvirtuous Actions489
20Classifications of Actions [karma]495
21Concentration Equipment519
22Sevenfold Worship523
23Ritual before Recitation and Reading527
24Ritual for Molding Offerings529
25Steps in the Guru Duties533
26Bodhisattva Vow Ritual537
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