THE MOON OF WISDOM: Chapter Six of Chandrakirti's Entering the Middle Way with commentary from the Eighth Karmapa Mikyo Dorje, translated under the guidance of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche
Nagarjuna, in his seminal text The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way, summarized the vast teachings of the Buddha and used logical reasoning to prove the validity of his words. Entering the Middle Way is Chandrakirti's explanation of Nagarjuna's work. Its sixth chapter, which comprises the majority of the text, has four main sections: an explanation of how, in genuine reality, phenomena do not truly arise; a refutation of the Mind-Only School's assertion that mind truly exists; a refutation of the true existence of the personal self; and an explanation of the sixteen emptinesses taught by the Buddha in the Transcendent Wisdom Sutras.
The Moon of Wisdom is thus a book that explains the Buddha's ultimate teachings, how to gain confidence in them, and how to put them into practice in one's own life, to the great benefit of oneself and others.
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The Eighth Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje, one of the most erudite and prolific scholars of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, elaborates on the meaning of Chandrakirti's verses in a commentary that he proclaims to contain the key to gaining the realization achieved by all the enlightened masters of the past, present, and future.
Chandrakirti was a renowned seventh-century Indian Buddhist philosopher and siddha, the abbot of the great monastic university of Nalanda. He is revered for his interpretation of Nagarjuna's teaching on the Middle Way, which is regarded as the highest view accessible to rational intellect.