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The Sublime Continuum and Its Explanatory Commentary

With the Sublime Continuum Supercommentary - Revised Edition

Translated with commentary by Bo Jiang
Published by Wisdom Publications
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Explore an in-depth explanation of buddha nature and self-emptiness.

The original Sublime Continuum Explanatory Commentary was written by Noble Asanga to explain the verses received from the bodhisattva Maitreya in the late fourth century CE in northern India. Here it is introduced and presented in an original translation from Sanskrit and Tibetan, with the translation of an extensive Tibetan Supercommentary by Gyaltsap Darma Rinchen (1364–1432), whose work closely followed the view of his teacher, Tsong Khapa (1357–1419).

Contemporary scholars have widely misunderstood the Buddhist Centrist (Madhyamaka) teaching of emptiness, or selflessness, as either a form of nihilism or a radical skepticism. Yet Buddhist philosophers from Nagarjuna on have shown that the negation of intrinsic reality, when accurately understood, affirms the supreme value of relative realities. Gyaltsap Darma Rinchen, in his Supercommentary, elucidates a highly positive theory of the buddha nature, showing how the wisdom of emptiness empowers the compassionate life of the enlightened, as it is touched by its oneness with the truth body of all buddhas. With his clear study of Gyaltsap’s insight and his original English translation, Bo Jiang completes his historic project of studying and presenting these works from Sanskrit and Tibetan in both Chinese and, now, English translations, in linked publications.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (June 6, 2023)
  • Length: 624 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781949163308

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Raves and Reviews

“This volume is a testament to the richness and creativity of Buddhist traditions in India and Tibet and expands our appreciation not only of the import of the Tathagata Essence (tathagatagarbha), but also of the dialecticist Centrist (prasangika-madhyamaka) view.”

– Douglas Duckworth, Professor of Religion, Temple University

"Bo Jiang makes Gyaltsap’s commentary available in English for the first time thereby making a valuable contribution to the study of the Tibetan commentarial literature on the Uttaratantra.”

– Tsering Wangchuk, Blum Chair in Himalayan

“We are fortunate to be the recipients of Marty Bo Jiang’s masterful English and Chinese translations of Maitreyanatha’s Sublime Continuum along with the commentaries by Asanga and Gyaltsap."

– David B. Gray, Bernard J. Hanley Professor of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University

“By presenting a clear translation of Maitreyanatha’s Sublime Continuum together with the masterful commentaries by Asanga and Gyaltsap Darma Rinchen, Bo Jiang does the world of Buddhist Studies and the community of Buddhist practitioners a great service. We should all be grateful.”

– Jay Garfield, Director of the Logic Program and of the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program at Smith College

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