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The majority of the following books are from the library of Chon Tri. Many of the summaries and in his own words. If you wish to purchase the book, click on the cover image and you will be linked to Amazon.com.
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buy this book 11. SASTRA: BUDDHA NATURE: THE MAHAYANA UTTARATANTRA SHASTRA WITH COMMENTARY
by Arya Maitreya; Rosemarie Fuchs (translator)
Publisher: Snow Lion Publications, Incorporated (ISBN #: 1559391286, Hardcover, 407 pp, August 2000)
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This text is one of The Five Teachings of Maitreya, the future Buddha, who transmitted it to Arya Asanga after Asanga had gained the realization necessary to be entrusted with such instruction. It is regarded as very important as it presents in great detail and clarity the view which forms the basis of any Vajrayana and especially Mahamudra practice. Thus it builds a bridge between the Sutrayana and Vajrayana levels of the Buddha's teachings. The Commentary to it was composed by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye. Living through most of the nineteenth century, he became very famous for his profound learning and realization, and the compilation of what is now known as "The Five Great Treasures." The present translation is based upon the explanations of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, who is a living example of the ongoing tradition of the oral transmission.

buy this book 12. SASTRA: DISCOURSE ON DISCRIMINATION BETWEEN MIDDLE AND EXTREMES (MADHYANTA-VIBHANGA)
by Arya Maitreya; Eugene Obermiller (translator)
Publisher: Verry, Lawrence Incorporated (ISBN #: 0842613706, Hardcover, 163 pp, January 1971)
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"Madhyanta-Vibhanga" or "Discourse on Discrimination between Middle and Extremes" ascribed to Boddhisattva Maitreya and commented by Vasubandhu & Sthiramati.

Tranlated from the Sanskrit by Eugene Obermiller

buy this book 13. SASTRA: INTRODUCTION TO THE MIDDLE WAY: CHANDRAKIRTI'S MADHYAMAKAVATARA WITH COMMENTARY BY JU MIPHAM
by Chandrakirti, Jamgon Mipham
Publisher: Shambhala (ISBN #: 1570629420, Hardcover, 409 pp, September 2002)
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"Introduction to the Middle Way presents an adventure into the heart of Buddhist wisdom through the Madhyamika, or "middle way," teachings, which are designed to take the ordinary intellect to the limit of its powers and then to show that there is more." This book includes a verse translation of the Madhyamakavatara by the renowned seventh-century Indian master Chandrakirti, an extremely influential text of Mahayana Buddhism, followed by an exhaustive logical explanation of its meaning by the modern Tibetan master Jamgon Mipham, composed approximately twelve centuries later. Chandrakirti's work is an introduction to the Madhyamika teachings of Nagarjuna, which are themselves a systematization of the Prajnaparamita, or "Perfection of Wisdom" literature, the sutras on the crucial but elusive concept of emptiness.

buy this book 14. SASTRA: LUCID EXPOSITION OF THE MIDDLE WAY: THE ESSENTIAL CHAPTERS FROM THE PRASANNAPADA OF CANDRAKIRTI
by Candrakirti; Mervyn Sprung (translator)
Publisher: Prajna Press (ISBN #: 0877737118, Hardcover, 283 pp, December 1979)
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Nagarjuna' work gave expression to the growth of Buddhism into a world of philosophy and a world of religion, becoming an essential part of the Mahayana movement which spread from India to Tibet, China, and Japan, reaching, in our own day, Europe and America. Both Nagarjuna and Candrakirti are recognizably engaged in philosophical exploration, invalidating, for metaphysical purpose, the most cherished categories by a process of dialectical inquiry. This inquiery is sustained by and issued in a serene poise free of metaphysical dogma. The serene poise is in itself the only truth man can attain and is another name for the way of enlightenment, the middle way. In this, theory and practice are inseparable. (From the front flap of the book).

buy this book 15. SASTRA: MAHAYANASUTRALAMKARA
by Asanga, Surekha V. Limaye (translator)
Publisher: Indian Books Centre (ISBN #: 8170303478, Hardcover: 554 pages, January 1992)
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The "Mahayanasutralamkara" by Asanga is a landmark in the development of Vijnanavada absolutism. This is a giantic work on Mahayana Buddhism. The title itself indicates its manifold features of Mahayana. Putting it in Asanga's own words, it's an embellishment of Mahayana sutras. There is no Buddhist topic which is not touched by Asanga. Various topics of Buddhism are discussed on the lines of Mahayana in twenty-one chapters called Adhikasas with commentary. (from front flap of the book).

buy this book 16. SASTRA: MASTER OF WISDOM: WRITINGS OF THE BUDDHIST MASTER NAGARJUNA
by Nagarjuna; Chr. Lindtner (translator)
Publisher: Dharma Publishing (ISBN #: 0898002869, Paperback, 413 pp, June 1998)
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An excellent introduction to Madhyamaka, Master of Wisdom contains two hymns of praise to the Buddha, two treatises on shunyata, and two works that clarify the interconnection of analysis, meditation, and moral conduct. With studies of thirteen of Nagarjuna's works, transliterated Tibetan text, and extant Sanskrit.

buy this book 17. SASTRA: MULAMADHYAMAKAKARIKA OF NAGARJUNA: THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE MIDDLE WAY
by Nagarjuna, David J. Kalupahana (translator)
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publisher (ISBN #: 812080774X, Hard cover 412 pages, January 2004)
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This is completely new translation of Nagarjuna's major work, the Mulamadhyamakakarika, accompanied by a detailed annotation identifies the metaphysical theories of the scholastics criticized by Nagarjuna, and traces the source material and the arguments utilizes in his refutation back to the early discourses of the Buddha.

buy this book 18. SASTRA: NAGARJUNA IN CHINA, A TRANSLATION OF THE MIDDLE TREATISE
by Nagarjuna; Brian Bocking (translator)
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press (ISBN #: 0773489819, Hardcover, 512 pp, June 1996)
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This is one of the most important treatises (Sastras) of Mahayana Buddhism. It exclusively deals with Sunyata or the Emptyness, one of the two faces of the same Reality that the Maha-Prajnaparamita Sutra represented.

*Note: The image attached is that of the front page - not of the cover - of the book.

Translated from Chinese version of Kumarajiva by Brian Bocking.

buy this book 19. SASTRA: NAGARJUNA, A TRANSLATION OF HIS MULAMADHYAMAKAKARIKA WITH AN INTRODUCTORY ESSAY
by Nagarjuna; Kenneth K. Inada (translator)
Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications (ISBN #: 8170303850, Hardcover, 204 pp, January 1993)
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His [Nagarjuna's] ideas though subtle and profound, carried such deep understanding and implications of fundamental Buddhist truths that they will influence, one way or another, all or most the subsequent Mahayana developement in India, china, Tibet, Korea and Japan. (From the front flap of the book)

Translated from Sanskrit by Kenneth K. Inada

buy this book 20. SASTRA: NAGARJUNA'S REFUTATION OF LOGIC, NYAYA: VAIDALYAPAKARANA
by Nagarjuna, Fernando Tola & Carmen Gragonetti (translators)
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publisher (ISBN #: 8120809203, Hardcover: 209 pages, January 1995)
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The "Vaidalyapakarana" belongs to the Madhyamika school of Buddhist Philosophy and is attributed to Nagarjuna; it is an important treatise of polemic character directed against the Naiyayikas. Its aim is to demonstrate the logical impossibility of the exsistence of the Nyaya categories or 'padarthas' as enumerated and dealt with in Gautama's Nyayasutra and Vatsyayana's Bhasya thereof. It belongs to the Indian philosophical tradition which did not admit the 'pramanas' as valid means of knowledge and which thereby could be called the "agnostic tradition". The "Vaidalyapakarana" is also connectedINdaian "Vada" tradition. The "Vaidalyapakarana" is immersed in the dialectical atmostphere that characterizes that tradition, althgough its aim to show the groundlessness of Dialectics...(from front flap of the book)

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