Transcendent Wisdom (Paperback)

By Dalai Lama, B. Alan Wallace (Editor), B. Alan Wallace (Translator)
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This extraordinarily clear exposition on the wisdom section of the Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life is based on an oral teaching given in Switzerland by HH the Dalai Lama before an audience of thousands of Tibetans and Westerners in 1979. Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life is one of the most important texts in the Mahayana tradition of Buddhist practice. Its ninth chapter ,the section on transcendent wisdom, is known among Buddhist scholars as a challenging exposition of Madhyamika philosophy and difficult to understand without a commentary. This invaluable volume with its precise elucidation of core issues of Tibetan Buddhism stands as a key work in Buddhist literature.

About the Author


Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He lives in exile in Dharamsala, India.

B. Alan Wallace is president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. He trained for many years as a monk in Buddhist monasteries in India and Switzerland. He has taught Buddhist theory and practice in Europe and America since 1976 and has served as interpreter for numerous Tibetan scholars and contemplatives, including H. H. the Dalai Lama. After graduating "summa cum laude" from Amherst College, where he studied physics and the philosophy of science, he earned his MA and PhD in religious studies at Stanford University. He has edited, translated, authored, and contributed to more than thirty books on Tibetan Buddhism, medicine, language, and culture, and the interface between science and religion.

B. Alan Wallace is president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. He trained for many years as a monk in Buddhist monasteries in India and Switzerland. He has taught Buddhist theory and practice in Europe and America since 1976 and has served as interpreter for numerous Tibetan scholars and contemplatives, including H. H. the Dalai Lama. After graduating "summa cum laude" from Amherst College, where he studied physics and the philosophy of science, he earned his MA and PhD in religious studies at Stanford University. He has edited, translated, authored, and contributed to more than thirty books on Tibetan Buddhism, medicine, language, and culture, and the interface between science and religion.

Praise For…


The ninth chapter of The Way of the Bodhisattva requires a book in itself . . . . I refer you to the excellent explanation in the introduction to the Padmakara translation of The Way of the Bodhisattva and to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's book Transcendent Wisdom [from Snow Lion Publications]."—Pema Chödrön, author of How to Meditate

"This incredible teaching on the Wisdom Section of Shantideva's A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life has been meticulously translated by B. Alan Wallace with the additional bonus of an oral commentary by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It does assume some background in Buddhist philosophy on the part of the listeners and that particular section can be challenging but this is a very clear elucidation and this updated edition is a key work for Buddhist scholars."—Mandala


"In this book we have the Dalai Lama at full strength...a profound work."—Parabola

Product Details
ISBN: 9781559393294
ISBN-10: 1559393297
Publisher: Snow Lion Publications
Publication Date: August 16th, 2009
Pages: 142
Language: English