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The Splendor of an Autumn Moon

The Devotional Verse of Tsongkhapa

Translated by Gavin Kilty
Published by Wisdom Publications
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

The Tibetan saint Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), the founder of the Dalai Lama's tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, was renowned for his vast learning, meditational achievements, influential writings on practice and philosophy, and reform of tantric religious practices. A deeply humble and religious man, he expressed himself in exquisite verse.

Here, presented in both the original Tibetan and in English translation, are twenty-one devotional poems by Tsongkhapa. Each verse--dedicated to the Buddha, bodhisattvas, and lamas--illuminates some aspect of the Buddhist path. Gavin Kilty's commentary places each prayer into context, and his careful, artful translations will appeal to anyone with a love of poetry.

"These songs are the verbal counterpart to thangka-painting. Gavin Kilty should be thanked for his translations."

– Andrew Schelling, Naropa University

"Making poetry out of sutra-like materials is a hugely daunting undertaking. Gavin Kilty has done a monumental job of getting these poems into their present highly readable state."

– Mike O'Connor

"Some of the most inspiring verses ever written."

– Geshe Thupten Jinpa, PhD, founder, Institute for Tibetan Classics

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