The Madman s Middle Way

I have named the book The Madman's Middle Way. When Dge 'dun chos 'phel joined Sgo mang College of 'Bras spungs monastery in Lhasa in 1927,he attended the ...


Author: Donald S. Lopez Jr.

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226493229

Category: Religion

Page: 264

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Gendun Chopel is considered the most important Tibetan intellectual of the twentieth century. His life spanned the two defining moments in modern Tibetan history: the entry into Lhasa by British troops in 1904 and by Chinese troops in 1951. Recognized as an incarnate lama while he was a child, Gendun Chopel excelled in the traditional monastic curriculum and went on to become expert in fields as diverse as philosophy, history, linguistics, geography, and tantric Buddhism. Near the end of his life, before he was persecuted and imprisoned by the government of the young Dalai Lama, he would dictate the Adornment for Nagarjuna’s Thought, a work on Madhyamaka, or “Middle Way,” philosophy. It sparked controversy immediately upon its publication and continues to do so today. The Madman’s Middle Way presents the first English translation of this major Tibetan Buddhist work, accompanied by an essay on Gendun Chopel’s life liberally interspersed with passages from his writings. Donald S. Lopez Jr. also provides a commentary that sheds light on the doctrinal context of the Adornment and summarizes its key arguments. Ultimately, Lopez examines the long-standing debate over whether Gendun Chopel in fact is the author of the Adornment; the heated critical response to the work by Tibetan monks of the Dalai Lama’s sect; and what the Adornment tells us about Tibetan Buddhism’s encounter with modernity. The result is an insightful glimpse into a provocative and enigmatic workthatwill be of great interest to anyone seriously interested in Buddhism or Asian religions.

The Karmapa s Middle Way

The Madman's Middle Way : Reflections on Reality of the Tibetan Monk Gendun
Chopel . Chicago : University of Chicago Press . Maitreya , Jamgön Kongtrul
Lodrö Thaye , and Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche . 2000. Buddha Nature :
The ...


Author: Dbaṅ-phyug-rdo-rje (Karma-pa IX)

Publisher: Snow Lion Publications, Incorporated

ISBN: 1559392894

Category: Religion

Page: 794

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"Marked by eloquent poetry, vigorous and extensive analysi,s and heart instructions on breaking through the veils of confusion to independently experience the true nature of things, The Karmapa's Middle Way contains the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje's comprehensive commentary on the Indian master Chandrakirti's seminal text, the Madhyamakavatara or Entrance to the Middle Way. This commentary, Feast for the Fortunate, is the Ninth Karmapa's abridgement of the Eighth Karmapa Mikyo Dorje's masterpiece, the Chariot of the Takpo Kagyu Siddhas. In it, readers will find previously unavailable material on the Karmapa's Middle Way view and a rare window into a philosophically charged era of Middle Way exposition in Tibetan Buddhism. Chandrakirti and the Karmapa present in precise detail the vital Buddhist concept of emptiness through which the Mahayana path of compassionate altruism becomes complete. Introductory material, copious footnotes, appendices, and a reader-centric approach to the language will make this volume equally accessible to the seasoned scholar of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and the newly curious nonspecialist alike"

Studies in the Middle Way

Now fall the severed reins of law , And mercy , forfeit to the strong , Echoes the
heart's unuttered cry , Lest many millioned right should die To prove a madman's
wrong ; While reason in the eagle's claw And truth before a closed door Demand


Author: Christmas Humphreys


ISBN: STANFORD:36105003842387

Category: Buddha (The concept)

Page: 169

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Alchemical introduction by the middle way

Doc Faust: The madman is the one who is on the margins of society and does not want to abide in it, so we try to re-educate him so that he returns to ...


Author: Philomène Philosophe par le feu


ISBN: 9780244836368


Page: 332

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The Alchemist is a conscientious searcher who observes the nature's unfolding within the microcosm of his laboratory, through the reactions produced in his crucibles and balloons. But he also need to travel the celestial and terrestrial macrocosm in order to explore his inner world. This is how, on an blissful encounter in front of the gate of the philosopher's garden, Mika?l and Doc Faust, a timeless character, get to know each other. Together, they will walk along paths that will, step by step, open the door of alchemy to the reader. The journey of Mika?l, as the Ariadne's string in the maze, will lead us through the classical books, then to the Easter Island and Santiago de Compostella, and finally on the philosophy and quantum physics. This book will introduce the reader into the one and only true alchemical tradition, and and will accompagny him in his daily life, according to the principles that mother Nature has been teaching us for a thousand of years.

In the Forest of Faded Wisdom

... edited by Donald S. Lopez Jr. (2005) The Madman's Middle Way: Reflections on Reality of the Tibetan Monk Gendun Chopel, by Donald S. Lopez Jr. (2006) ...


Author: Gendun Chopel

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226104546

Category: Poetry

Page: 160

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In a culture where poetry is considered the highest form of human language, Gendun Chopel is revered as Tibet’s greatest modern poet. Born in 1903 as British troops were preparing to invade his homeland, Gendun Chopel was identified at any early age as the incarnation of a famous lama and became a Buddhist monk, excelling in the debating courtyards of the great monasteries of Tibet. At the age of thirty-one, he gave up his monk’s vows and set off for India, where he would wander, often alone and impoverished, for over a decade. Returning to Tibet, he was arrested by the government of the young Dalai Lama on trumped-up charges of treason, emerging from prison three years later a broken man. He died in 1951 as troops of the People’s Liberation Army marched into Lhasa. Throughout his life, from his childhood to his time in prison, Gendun Chopel wrote poetry that conveyed the events of his remarkable life. In the Forest of Faded Wisdom is the first comprehensive collection of his oeuvre in any language, assembling poems in both the original Tibetan and in English translation. A master of many forms of Tibetan verse, Gendun Chopel composed heartfelt hymns to the Buddha, pithy instructions for the practice of the dharma, stirring tributes to the Tibetan warrior-kings, cynical reflections on the ways of the world, and laments of a wanderer, forgotten in a foreign land. These poems exhibit the technical skill—wordplay, puns, the ability to evoke moods of pathos and irony—for which Gendun Chopel was known and reveal the poet to be a consummate craftsman, skilled in both Tibetan and Indian poetics. With a directness and force often at odds with the conventions of belles lettres, this is a poetry that is at once elegant and earthy. In the Forest of Faded Wisdom is a remarkable introduction to Tibet’s sophisticated poetic tradition and its most intriguing twentieth-century writer.

Religious Epistemology through Schillebeeckx and Tibetan Buddhism

Donald S. Lopez and Dge dun chos phel, The Madman's Middle Way: Reflections on Reality of the Tibetan Monk Gendun Chopel, Buddhism and Modernity (Chicago: ...


Author: Jason M. VonWachenfeldt

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567698643

Category: Religion

Page: 264

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This study investigates how a comparison between the Catholic theologian Edward Schillebeeckx's controversial reading of Thomist philosophy and the Tibetan Buddhist Gendun Chopel's challenge to the standard Geluk teaching of Tsongkhapa's Madhyamaka philosophy might assist in rethinking conceptions of religious knowledge. Utilizing a wide variety of methodical approaches to establish an imaginary dialogue between these two thinkers, this comparison remains embodied in the thought and praxis of actual individuals, and yet still firmly embedded within the conversations and trajectories of their broader religious traditions.

Off the Middle Way

care of me . Sometimes my brother would come and pick me up on his bike . I sat
on the crossbar . The bicycle leaped over the tree roots on the path through the
forest . He pedalled like a madman with no thought for the fact that I was in pain .


Author: Sture Källberg

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books

ISBN: 0394468538

Category: Västerås (Sweden)

Page: 327

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The Holy Madmen of Tibet

... someone called him “Gendün Chöpel the madman” (dge chos smyon pa). ... scholarly book about his views is titled The Madman's Middle Way.25 In 1969, ...


Author: David M. DiValerio

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199391219

Category: RELIGION

Page: 368

View: 595

"This book is the first comprehensive study of the "holy madmen" of Tibetan Buddhism--tantric yogins who achieved a degree of saintliness through shocking, norm-overturning behavior"--


Chopel, Madman's Middle Way, 60. 114. Donald Lopez Jr., Buddhism and Science: A Guide for the Perplexed (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010). 115.


Author: Marcus Boon

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226233260

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 283

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Though contemporary European philosophy and critical theory have long had a robust engagement with Christianity, there has been no similar engagement with Buddhism—a surprising lack, given Buddhism's global reach and obvious affinities with much of Continental philosophy. This volume fills that gap, bringing together three scholars to offer individual, distinct, yet complementary philosophical takes on Buddhism. Focused on “nothing”—essential to Buddhism, of course, but also a key concept in critical theory from Hegel and Marx through deconstruction, queer theory, and contemporary speculative philosophy—the book explores different ways of rethinking Buddhism's nothing. Through an elaboration of “sunyata,” or emptiness, in both critical and Buddhist traditions; an examination of the problem of praxis in Buddhism, Marxism, and psychoanalysis; and an explication of a “Buddaphobia” that is rooted in modern anxieties about nothingness, Marcus Boon, Eric Cazdyn, and Timothy Morton open up new spaces in which the radical cores of Buddhism and critical theory are renewed and revealed.

The Two Truths Debate

Tsongkhapa and Gorampa on the Middle Way Sonam Thakchoe ... The Madman's Middle Way: Reflections on Reality of the Tibetan Monk Gendun Chopel.


Author: Sonam Thakchoe

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780861717958

Category: Philosophy

Page: 352

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All lineages of Tibetan Buddhism today claim allegiance to the philosophy of the Middle Way, the exposition of emptiness propounded by the second-century Indian master Nagarjuna. But not everyone interprets it the same way. A major faultline runs through Tibetan Buddhism around the interpretation of what are called the two truths--the deceptive truth of conventional appearances and the ultimate truth of emptiness. An understanding of this faultline illuminates the beliefs that separate the Gelug descendents of Tsongkhapa from contemporary Dzogchen and Mahamudra adherents. The Two Truths Debate digs into the debate of how the two truths are defined and how they are related by looking at two figures, one on either side of the faultline, and shows how their philosophical positions have dramatic implications for how one approaches Buddhist practice and how one understands enlightenment itself.

The Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy

Lopez, D. S., Jr. (2006) The Madman's Middle Way: Reflections on Reality of the ... (2007) A Direct Path to the Buddha Within: Gö Lotsawa's Mahamudra ...


Author: Jay L. Garfield

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195328998

Category: Philosophy

Page: 633

View: 561

This volume provides the advanced student or scholar a set of introductions to each of the world's major non-European philosophical traditions. Sections on Chinese philosophy, Indian philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, East Asian philosophy, African philosophy, and trends in global philosophy are all edited by an expert.

The Wisdom Chapter

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Author: Jamgon Mipham

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834840973

Category: Religion

Page: 400

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The first English translation of Mipham Rinpoche's commentary on the "wisdom" chapter of Shantideva's classic text, in which Mipham explains Madhyamaka philosophy from the perspective of the Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Shāntideva’s guide to the training of a Bodhisattva is one of the most important and beloved texts in the Tibetan tradition. The ninth chapter, however, dealing with Madhyamaka, the Middle Way, the most profound wisdom view of Mahayana Buddhism, has always posed unique challenges to readers. This commentary by the great scholar Mipham Rinpoche presents in quite straightforward terms Shāntideva’s exposition of emptiness, the essential foundation of all Buddhist doctrine, demonstrating that it is not only compatible with, but in fact crucial to, the correct understanding of other important Buddhist teachings such as karma, rebirth, and the practice of compassion. Mipham interprets Shāntideva according to the view of the Nyingma school, which in some respects was at variance with the religiously and politically dominant interpretation of the text in Tibet at that time. As a result, his commentary stirred up a furious debate. With the addition of a critique of Mipham Rinpoche’s view by a prominent scholar of the time, along with Mipham’s response, that debate is beautifully captured in this volume.

Self No Self

Karma Chagme (1998), A Spacious Path to Freedom, translated by A. Wallace ... Lopez, D. (2006), The Madman's Middle Way (Chicago: University of Chicago ...


Author: Mark Siderits

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191668302

Category: Philosophy

Page: 352

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The nature and reality of self is a subject of increasing prominence among Western philosophers of mind and cognitive scientists. It has also been central to Indian and Tibetan philosophical traditions for over two thousand years. It is time to bring the rich resources of these traditions into the contemporary debate about the nature of self. This volume is the first of its kind. Leading philosophical scholars of the Indian and Tibetan traditions join with leading Western philosophers of mind and phenomenologists to explore issues about consciousness and selfhood from these multiple perspectives. Self, No Self? is not a collection of historical or comparative essays. It takes problem-solving and conceptual and phenomenological analysis as central to philosophy. The essays mobilize the argumentative resources of diverse philosophical traditions to address issues about the self in the context of contemporary philosophy and cognitive science. Self, No Self? will be essential reading for philosophers and cognitive scientists interested in the nature of the self and consciousness, and will offer a valuable way into the subject for students.

Buddhism and Science

5 See Donald S. Lopez Jr., The Madman's Middle Way: Reflections on Reality of the Tibetan Monk Gendun Chopel (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006), ...


Author: Donald S. Lopez Jr.

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226493244

Category: Science

Page: 278

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Beginning in the nineteenth century and continuing to the present day, both Buddhists and admirers of Buddhism have proclaimed the compatibility of Buddhism and science. Their assertions have ranged from modest claims about the efficacy of meditation for mental health to grander declarations that the Buddha himself anticipated the theories of relativity, quantum physics and the big bang more than two millennia ago. In Buddhism and Science, Donald S. Lopez Jr. is less interested in evaluating the accuracy of such claims than in exploring how and why these two seemingly disparate modes of understanding the inner and outer universe have been so persistently linked. Lopez opens with an account of the rise and fall of Mount Meru, the great peak that stands at the center of the flat earth of Buddhist cosmography—and which was interpreted anew once it proved incompatible with modern geography. From there, he analyzes the way in which Buddhist concepts of spiritual nobility were enlisted to support the notorious science of race in the nineteenth century. Bringing the story to the present, Lopez explores the Dalai Lama’s interest in scientific discoveries, as well as the implications of research on meditation for neuroscience. Lopez argues that by presenting an ancient Asian tradition as compatible with—and even anticipating—scientific discoveries, European enthusiasts and Asian elites have sidestepped the debates on the relevance of religion in the modern world that began in the nineteenth century and still flare today. As new discoveries continue to reshape our understanding of mind and matter, Buddhism and Science will be indispensable reading for those fascinated by religion, science, and their often vexed relation.

The Life of Milarepa

He is the author of The Madman's Middle Way: Reflections on Reality of the Tibetan Monk Gendun Chopel, and he was also the editor of Penguin Classics' ...


Author: Tsangnyön Heruka

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101459041

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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One of the most beloved stories of the Tibetan people and a great literary example of the contemplative life The Life of Milarepa, a biography and a dramatic tale from a culture now in crisis, can be read on several levels. A personal and moving introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, it is also a detailed guide to the search for liberation. It presents a quest for purification and buddhahood in a single lifetime, tracing the path of a great sinner who became a great saint. It is also a powerfully evocative narrative, full of magic, miracles, suspense, and humor, while reflecting the religious and social life of medieval Tibet. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Crazy for Wisdom

The Madman's Middle Way: Reflections on Reality of the Tibetan Monk Gendyn Chopel. Chicago: The University of Chicago press. lorenzen, David N. 1991 [1972].


Author: Stefan Larsson

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004203938

Category: Religion

Page: 374

View: 700

Best known today as the author of the Life of Milarepa, Tsangnyön Heruka (1452–1507) was one of the most influential mad yogins of Tibet. Stefan Larsson’s Crazy for Wisdom, describes Tsangnyön Heruka's life, based on narratives by his disciples, and examines an unexpected aspect of fifteenth-century Tibetan Buddhist practice.

Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy of Mind and Nature

Chengdu: Nationalities Press, 1989; English translation in Donald Lopez, The Madman's Middle Way: Reflections on Reality of the Tibetan Monk Gendun Chopel.


Author: Douglas S. Duckworth

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190883973

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy of Mind and Nature offers an engaging philosophical overview of Tibetan Buddhist thought. Integrating competing and complementary perspectives on the nature of mind and reality, Douglas Duckworth reveals the way that Buddhist theory informs Buddhist practice in various Tibetan traditions. Duckworth draws upon a contrast between phenomenology and ontology to highlight distinct starting points of inquiries into mind and nature in Buddhism, and to illuminate central issues confronted in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. This thematic study engages some of the most difficult and critical topics in Buddhist thought, such as the nature of mind and the meaning of emptiness, across a wide range of philosophical traditions, including the "Middle Way" of Madhyamaka, Yogacara (also known as "Mind-Only"), and tantra. Duckworth provides a richly textured overview that explores the intersecting nature of mind, language, and world depicted in Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Further, this book puts Tibetan philosophy into conversation with texts and traditions from India, Europe, and America, exemplifying the possibility and potential for a transformative conversation in global philosophy.

Yoga Bhoga and Ardhanariswara

The Madman's Middle Way: Reflections on Reality of the Tibetan Monk Gendun Chopel. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Lowen, Alexander. 1970.


Author: Prem Saran

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781351333764

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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This book offers a social–scientific interpretation of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions of Tantra dating back 15 centuries. It is a self-reflexive study approached with an insider’s empathy and the perspective of an Indologist, anthropologist, mystic and practitioner of the cult. The work includes a discussion of non-modern Indic themes: mandala as a trope and its manifestations in South Asian regions such as Nepal; yoga and Indic individuality; the concept of bhoga; disciplined wellbeing; gender; and Indic axiology. Using personal praxis to inform his research, the author examines three core themes within Tantra — a ‘holonic’/mandalic individuality that conduces to mystical experience; a positive valorisation of pleasure and play; and cultural attitudes of gender-mutuality and complementarity, as neatly encapsulated in the icon of Shiva as Ardhanariswara. This analysis, as captured by the Tantric mandalas of deities in intimate union, leads to his compelling metathesis that Tantra serves as a permanent counterculture within the Indic civilization. This second edition, with a new Afterword, will greatly interest those in anthropology, South Asian studies, religious studies, gender studies, psychology and philosophy, as also the general reader.

Modern Tibetan Literature and Social Change

... (re)publication of their earlier drafts laid the ground for what would be ... of Don Lopez's The Madman's Middle Way (2006).3 A three-volume collection ...


Author: Lauran R. Hartley

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822381433

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 422

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Modern Tibetan Literature and Social Change is the first systematic and detailed overview of modern Tibetan literature, which has burgeoned only in the last thirty years. This comprehensive collection brings together fourteen pioneering scholars in the nascent field of Tibetan literary studies, including authors who are active in the Tibetan literary world itself. These scholars examine the literary output of Tibetan authors writing in Tibetan, Chinese, and English, both in Tibet and in the Tibetan diaspora. The contributors explore the circumstances that led to the development of modern Tibetan literature, its continuities and breaks with classical Tibetan literary forms, and the ways that writers use forms such as magical realism, satire, and humor to negotiate literary freedom within the People’s Republic of China. They provide crucial information about Tibetan writers’ lives in China and abroad, the social and political contexts in which they write, and the literary merits of their oeuvre. Along with deep social, cultural, and political analysis, this wealth of information clarifies the complex circumstances that Tibetan writers face in the PRC and the diaspora. The contributors consider not only poetry, short stories, and novels but also other forms of cultural production—such as literary magazines, films, and Web sites—that provide a public forum in the Tibetan areas of the PRC, where censorship and restrictions on public gatherings remain the norm. Modern Tibetan Literature and Social Change includes a previously unavailable list of modern Tibetan works translated into Western languages and a comprehensive English-language index of names, subjects, and terms. Contributors: Pema Bhum, Howard Y. F. Choy, Yangdon Dhondup, Lauran R. Hartley, Hortsang Jigme, Matthew T. Kapstein, Nancy G. Lin, Lara Maconi, Françoise Robin, Patricia Schiaffini-Vedani, Ronald D. Schwartz, Tsering Shakya, Sangye Gyatso (aka Gangzhün), Steven J. Venturino, Riika Virtanen

Forms of Knowledge in Early Modern Asia

The Madman's Middle Way: Reflections on Reality of the Tibetan Monk Gendun Chopel. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006. Mansel, Philip.


Author: Sheldon Pollock

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822349044

Category: History

Page: 376

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Essays illuminate the extraordinarily varied and dynamic intellectual developments underway in India and Tibet during the three centuries prior to the consolidation of British imperial power in 1800.