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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
Jan 22, 2009 Barnaby Thieme rated it it was amazing
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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
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Jul 15, 2015 Tony Gualtieri rated it it was amazing
The central portion of this book is a translation of Gendun Chopel's Adornment for Nagarjuna's Thought, an esoteric work that challenges some of the basic principles of Tibetan Buddhism. Condemned for the sin of innovation, the Adornment gives evidence of the vitality of Madhyamaka philosophy of sunyata or "emptiness," the middle path between existence and non-existence. The language is quite technical and the translation is unreadable without reference to Donald Lopez's commentary, which elucid ...more
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A profound examination of the nature by which we try to determine what is the ultimate truth. A text to contemplate, again and again.
Nov 28, 2015 Rob rated it really liked it
Wow, fascinating and very thought provoking...full of so much to follow up on on so many levels.
Nov 27, 2009 Taylor rated it liked it
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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Donald Sewell Lopez, Jr. (born 1952) is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan, in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.

Son of the deputy director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Donald S. Lopez.
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