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The Madman's Middle Way: Reflections on Reality of the Tibetan Monk Gendun Chopel

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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 bec ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published December 15th 2005 by University Of Chicago Press
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Barnaby Thieme
This book is written for a very small audience -- those who are familiar with the arguments of Prasangika-Madhyamaka as espoused by the Gelukpa, yet who also decry the formulaic orthodoxy the Gelukpa had become by the early twentieth century.

For we few, we happy few, this book is a one-of-a-kind delight, which sees the greatness of Tsong Khapa's penetrating analysis without buying into the rigid and doctrinaire language of the Tibetan church. Gendun Chophel was a great and courageous thinker on
Stephen Blache
A profound examination of the nature by which we try to determine what is the ultimate truth. A text to contemplate, again and again.
He's definitely not your standard Tibetan madhyamika. Not a beginner's guide by any means, but if you've read Nagarjuna, Shantideva, Aryadeva, Candrakirti, Tsongkhapa, Gorampa and Mipham, you will find Choephel's take on things very interesting. Like all works on the subject, you have to think for yourself, and see if you can use what he's offering.
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