A Feast of Nectar of the Supreme Vehicle

An Explanation of the Ornament of the Mahayana Sutras

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Asanga, Jamgön Mipham
Translator(s): 
Padmakara Translation Group
  • Boulder, CO: 
    Shambhala Publications, Inc.
    , October
     2018.
     976 pages.
     $69.95.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9781611804676.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

A monumental work and Indian Buddhist classic, the Ornament of the Mahāyāna Sūtras(Mahāyānasūtrālamkāra) is a precious resource for students wishing to study in-depth the philosophy and path of Mahāyāna Buddhism. This full translation and commentary outlines the importance of Mahāyāna, the centrality of bodhicitta or the mind of awakening, the path of becoming a bodhisattva, and how one can save beings from suffering through skillful means.

This definitive composition of Mahāyāna teachings was imparted in the fourth century by Maitreya to the famous adept Asanga, one of the most prolific writers of Buddhist treatises in history. Asanga’s work, which is among the famous Five Treatises of Maitreya, has been studied, commented upon, and taught by Buddhists throughout Asia ever since it was composed.

In the early twentieth century, one of Tibet’s greatest scholars and saints, Jamgön Mipham, wrote A Feast of the Nectar of the Supreme Vehicle, which is a detailed explanation of every verse. This commentary has since been used as the primary blueprint for Tibetan Buddhists to illuminate the depth and brilliance of Maitreya’s pith teachings. The Padmakara Translation Group has provided yet another accessible and eloquent translation, ensuring that English-speaking students of Mahāyāna will be able to study this foundational Buddhist text for generations to come.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Asanga is the fourth-century CE exponent of the Yogacara tradition in India, also called Vijñānavāda. Traditionally, he and his half-brother Vasubandhu are regarded as the founders of this school.

Jamgön Mipham (1846–1912) is one of the great luminaries of Tibetan Buddhism in modern times. He has had a dominant and vitalizing influence on the Nyingma School and was an important member of the Rimé tradition. A scholar of outstanding brilliance and versatility, his translated works are eagerly anticipated by English-language readers.
 
Padmakara Translation Group, based in France, has a distinguished reputation for all its translations of Tibetan texts and teachings. Its work has been published in several languages and is renowned for its clear and accurate literary style.

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