Freedom through Correct Knowing

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“In accordance with the extensive deeds and esteemed wishes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Sera Jey Translation Department has taken great care to translate this text on valid cognition with the aim of bringing about vast benefit to all both now and in the long term. I congratulate them. The ability to easily induce consciousnesses ascertaining emptiness and all the other points of inner science belonging to sūtra and tantra depends on the path of the science of valid cognition or reasoning. Having read this translation and commentary on Khedrup Jé’s Clearing Mental Darkness, those who understand the meaning should familiarize their minds with and meditate on it again and again, thereby making meaningful their lives that are endowed with leisure and opportunity.” —The 104th Gaden Tripa Kyabjé Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo

Freedom through Correct Knowing presents the core part of Khedrup Jé's Clearing Mental Darkness, which is famed for its clear and comprehensive analysis of key issues of importance for Buddhist epistemology. Through this book the reader can join Khedrup Jé's brilliant mind as he engages with important questions of logic and epistemology via a dialogical format that powerfully guides the reader.” —Thupten Jinpa, founder, Institute of Tibetan Classics; founder, Compassion Institute; translator of major Tibetan works in The Library of Tibetan Classics and author of Tsongkhapa: A Buddha in the Land of Snows

“Serious students of Buddhist philosophy will delight in this translation of Khedrup Je’s text on valid cognition, carefully and generously supplemented by commentary that draws on other classic Tibetan treatises. The chapter on the four truths is the crowning jewel, providing an elaborate account of how we enter into and free ourselves from cycling in samsara. The six appendices kindly offer a complementary map of important topics touched on but not explained in the root text. This is a beautiful handbook for those desiring a detailed map of the path to awakening and the role different types of mind play in this.” —Bhikṣuṇī Thubten Chodron, abbess of Sravasti Abbey and author of Buddhism for Beginners

FREEDOM THROUGH CORRECT KNOWING

On Khedrup Jé's Interpretation of Dharmakirti

Khedrup Jé Geshe Tenzin Namdak Tenzin Legtsok

Discover a clear and accessible translation with commentary on key parts of Khedrup Jé’s Clearing Mental Darkness.

Composed at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and with a foreword by His Holiness, this translation with commentary on key parts of Khedrup Jé’s Clearing Mental Darkness: An Ornament of Dharmakirti’s “Seven Treatises on Valid Cognition” is intended for all levels of understanding. You’ll learn how a mind realizes its object, which types of consciousness realize their objects, and when a consciousness is considered to be valid in the sense of realizing its object. Having explained valid cognizers, or direct perceivers, which are essential to understanding the four noble truths, Khedrup Jé goes on to brilliantly elucidate this essential teaching of the Buddha and offers a lucid presentation of how to progress on the spiritual paths of liberation and enlightenment, including how to generate yogic perception directly realizing selflessness. With this, one develops an unmistaken realization of the fundamental reality of selflessness of persons and phenomena, which eliminates ignorance, the root cause of all mental afflictions and samsaric suffering.

book information
  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages, 6 x 9 inches
  • $39.95
  • ISBN 9781614296997
about the author
Freedom through Correct Knowing

Khedrup Gelek Pelzang, better known as Khedrup Je, was one of the main disciples of Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), founder of the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Before becoming Tsongkhapa’s foremost disciple, Khedrup Je had been a learned Sakyapa scholar. He is considered to be a reincarnation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. He wrote an important text on Kalachakra initiation which is still used by Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, as the basis of his public initiations into the Kalachakra. Altogether, there are nine volumes of his collected works, containing fifty-eight treatises.

Freedom through Correct Knowing

Geshe Tenzin Namdak first worked as an environmental researcher, having graduated with a bachelor of science degree in hydrology. He took ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama before engaging in his formal studies in Buddhist philosophy and psychology at Sera Jey Monastic University. He completed the entire twenty-year geshe program at Sera Jey and the traditional one-year Vajrayāna study program at Gyüme Tantric College. Currently he is the resident teacher at Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London, and teaches worldwide.

Freedom through Correct Knowing

Tenzin Legtsok is a Buddhist monk in the eighteenth year of the geshe program at Sera Jey Monastic University, where he studies classic Indian Buddhist treatises and their Tibetan commentaries in the tradition of ancient Nālandā University. He was ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2001. Born in Virginia in 1973, he obtained a bachelor of arts degree from Kenyon College in 1995. The question “What makes for the most happy and meaningful life?” compelled him to major in philosophy during college and gradually led him to study meditation, philosophy, and psychology with teachers among the exiled Tibetan communities in India and Nepal from 1999 until the present. For the past fifteen years he has worked to make basic Buddhist teachings accessible to various audiences in India and the United States through lectures, essays, and meditation instruction.

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