The Great Middle Way: Clarifying the Jonang View of Other-Emptiness

The Great Middle Way: Clarifying the Jonang View of Other-Emptiness

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The Middle Way is widely accepted to be the pinnacle of the Buddha’s profound philosophical approach and the key to understanding the definitive meaning of a vast number of teachings. However, common misconceptions about how emptiness is the ultimate nature of reality can have a significant impact on the degree of profundity that can subsequently be experienced. If our view is limited, our realisation will also be limited. For this reason, as we strive for ultimate freedom, it is vital to clear away both gross and subtle limitations that prevent us from establishing a view capable of penetrating to the deepest levels of truth.

In this book, Khentrul Rinpoché shines the vivid light of wisdom on the very subtle distinctions which establish the profound view of the Great Middle Way as propagated within the Jonang tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Rooted in the flawless textual tradition of the Buddha’s own teachings and those of the Bodhisattva Kings, this widely misunderstood philosophical system emphasises the clear distinction between the emptiness of conventional reality and the infinite manifestation of ultimate reality, known as buddha-nature. With this direct and fearless analysis, Rinpoché challenges us to transcend narrow modes of thinking and to discover the limitless potential we each carry within.

Author: Khentrul Rinpoche

Translator: Ives Waldo

Editor: Ven. Tenpai Gyaltsen


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface
Homage and Aspiration to Compose

1 Introduction to Zhentong Madhyamaka
2 The Uncommon Ground, Path and Result
3 The Seven Kinds of Misconception
4 The Eighteen Unique Qualities of the Jonang View
5 Clearing Away Faults that Deprecate Zhentong
6 Excerpts from the Textual Tradition

Conclusion
About the Author