Recollection of the Three Jewels Sutra with Modern Commentary Vol. 1 [ePub]

by Tony Duff

This Kindle Book is the first volume in a three volume set. The three volumes contain a particularly rich presentation of The Sutra of the Recollection of the Noble Three Jewels.

The Sutra is a compilation of teachings on the three of the earliest teachings of the Buddha called the recollections of Buddha, dharma, and sangha. These recollections are used daily throughout all Buddhist traditions as a way of remembering and deepening faith in the Three Jewels. The three volumes in this series collectively contain everything needed to study, practice, and even translate the Sutra.

Each volume begins with three chapters of introduction which explain: the origins of the Sutra; the many translation issues raised by the Sutra; and how to study and practise the Sutra. These chapters contain a wealth of material gathered and arranged in one place by the author after years of study of the Sutra. They contain something for everyone. There are discussions of faith and how to arouse it using the Sutra. There are extensive discussions of translation which are a must-read for anyone doing translation work from Tibetan Buddhist texts; they cover important issues of translation that have not been seen in print to date. Then there is helpful guidance on how to study and understand the Sutra. There is also a section on how to access the magic of fundamental reality using the Sutra.

Following the introductory chapter, each volume contains a complete commentary on the sutra. Volume one contains the most complete commentary and one recommended for Westerners, a commentary by Tony Duff. Volume two contains a commentary by the well-known Tibetan scholar Taranatha. Volume three contains a very famous commentary by the well-known Tibetan author Mipham.

The first commentary, written by the author himself, was written directly in English to make it easy for English speakers to understand all the details of the Sutra and the many issues surrounding it. At the same time, it is very extensive, covering issues that even the Tibetan commentaries do not consider. For example, the author presents a number of insights taught by the vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa when he explained theSutra in 1982 but which seem to have been lost. It also gathers into one place the many issues surrounding the Sutraraised by the two Tibetan commentaries. The second commentary, by the extremely learned Tibetan Taranatha, has the advantage of being a shorter commentary that it is relatively to understand. The third commentary is the very extensive and rather complicated one by Ju Mipham Namgyal that has become very famous in general these days as the way to study the Sutra. Mipham’s commentary is very technical and can be hard to understand in places unless one is already very well versed in Buddhist philosophy. Therefore, the author has provided extensive notes to make it accessible.

24.11.2012

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