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Supported by generous grants from the
ING Foundation and Yeshe Khorlo Foundation
and gifts from individual sponsors—
Hsu Shu-Hsun; Chou Mei-Dai;
Chien Jin-Hong; Pu Chih-Pin;
Daniel E. Perdue

 

Great Book: Maitreya’s Treatise of Quintessential Instructions on the Perfection of Wisdom, Ornament for the Clear Realizations

Translation of the basic text

1. Jeffrey Hopkins and Jongbok Yi, Maitreya’s Ornament for the Clear Realizations, 331 pp. (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, June 2015); with the titles of the Eight Categories and Seventy Topics indicated.

Tibetan Commentaries
Preliminary Texts

An accessible commentary on all 274 stanzas of Maitreya’s text with an elaborate outline

2. Jeffrey Hopkins and Jongbok Yi, Ngag-wang-pal-dan’s Explanation of the Treatise “Ornament for the Clear Realizations” From the Approach of the Meaning of the Words: The Sacred Word of Maitreyanātha, 586 pp. (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, 2014).

The pith of Maitreya’s text in the form of an extraction of its contents as a presentation of the five paths of the three vehicles and the ten Bodhisattva grounds of the Great Vehicle

3. Elizabeth Napper, Kön-chog-jig-may-wang-po’s Presentation of the Grounds and Paths: Beautiful Ornament of the Three Vehicles, 152 pp. (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, February 2016).

Expansive oral commentary by Dan-ma-lo-chö and Lo-sang-gyal-tshan on Kön-chog-jig-may-wang-po’s Presentation of the Grounds and Paths

4. Elizabeth Napper, Traversing the Spiritual Path: Kön-chog-jig-may-wang-po’s Presentation of the Grounds and Paths: Beautiful Ornament of the Three Vehicles, with Dan-ma-lo-chö’s Oral Commentary, 312 pp. (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, August 2015).

Aid to studying Maitreya’s text by way of presenting definitions, divisions, and scope of the topics that form the basic structure of Maitreya’s text, as well as 203 of the 274 stanzas of Maitreya’s Ornament with Ngag-wang-pal-dan’s commentary in backnotes, with oral commentary from Dan-ma-lo-chö

5. Jeffrey Hopkins and Jongbok Yi, The Hidden Teaching of the Perfection of Wisdom Sūtras: Jam-yang-shay-pa’s Seventy Topics and Kon-chog-jig-may-wang-po’s 173 Aspects, 806 pp. (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, 2014).

6. Jeffrey Hopkins and Jongbok Yi, Vocabulary for Studying Maitreya’s Ornament for the Clear Realizations: Jam-yang-shay-pa’s “Seventy Topics” and Ngag-wang-pal-dan’s “Meaning of the Words”: Tibetan-Sanskrit-English, 139 pp. (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, December 2015).

On-line study aid for central issues in Jam-yang-shay-pa’s, Ngag-wang-pal-dan’s, and Kön-chog-jig-may-wang-po’s presentations of Maitreya’s Ornament for the Clear Realizations

7. Jongbok Yi: Mind Map Presentations of the Eight Categories and Seventy Topics and of the 173 Aspects

The Main Textbook

Extensive consideration of a multitude of issues in a threefold format of refuting mistakes, positing the author’s own system, and dispelling objections:

8. Gareth Sparham, Sources, Homage, Purpose, and Openers of the Chariot-Ways: Jam-yang-shay-pa’s Decisive Analysis of (Maitreya’s) “Ornament for the Clear Realizations”: Precious Lamp Illuminating All the Topics of the Perfection of Wisdom: Introduction 1, @199 pp. (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, April 2016).

Supplementary Topic: Interpretable and Definitive

Spinoff from the section on the turnings of the wheels of doctrine in the first chapter of Maitreya’s Ornament for the Clear Realizations: Tsong-kha-pa Lo-sang-drag-pa’s Treatise Differentiating Interpretable and Definitive Meanings: The Essence of Eloquence

Introduction to the Middle Way section

9. Jeffrey Hopkins, Emptiness in the Middle Way School of Buddhism: Mutual Reinforcement of Understanding Dependent-Arising and Emptiness, Dynamic Responses to Tsong-kha-pa’s The Essence of Eloquence, Volume 4; 525 pp. (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, June 2015).

The Main Textbook on the Interpretable and Definitive

Extensive consideration of a multitude of issues in both an expository format and a threefold dialectical format of refuting mistakes, positing the author’s own system, and dispelling objections: Jam-yang-shay-pa’s Decisive Analysis of (Tsong-kha-pa’s) “Differentiating the Interpretable and the Definitive”: Storehouse of White Beryl of Scripture and Reasoning Free from Mistake, Fulfilling the Hopes of the Fortunate

10. William A. Magee, Principles for Practice: The Four Reliances, Jam-yang-shay-pa’s Great Exposition of the Interpretable and the Definitive: 1, 193 pp. (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, 2014).

11. William A. Magee, Questioning the Buddha about Contradictions in his Teachings: Jam-yang-shay-pa’s Great Exposition of the Interpretable and the Definitive: 2, @108 pp. (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, December 2015).

12. William A. Magee, Buddha's Answer Dispelling Contradiction in the Sutras: Brief Indication; : Jam-yang-shay-pa’s Great Exposition of the Interpretable and the Definitive: 3, @78 pp. (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, May 2016).

Supplementary Topic: Tenets

Presenting the path structure of Maitreya’s Ornament for the Clear Realizations according to tenet systems: Jam-yang-shay-pa’s Great Exposition of Tenets. The first translation into traditional Chinese of the Autonomy School Chapter, which present Jam-yang-shay-pa’s expositions of this school from his Great Exposition of Tenets woven together with the Khalkha Mongolian Ngag-wang-pal-dan’s Annotations.

13. Su-an Lin, Jeffrey Hopkins’ Easy Access to Jam-yang-shay-pa’s Maps of the Profound: Autonomy School, with English Introduction, 141 pp. (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, 2014).

14. Su-an Lin, Jeffrey Hopkins’ Easy Access to Jam-yang-shay-pa’s Maps of the Profound: Consequence School, with English Introduction, 190 pp. (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, 2016).

Great Book: Chandrakīrti’s Supplement to (Nāgārjuna’s) “Treatise on the Middle”

The Main Textbook

Extensive consideration of a multitude of issues in a threefold format of refuting mistakes, positing the author’s own system, and dispelling objections from Jam-yang-shay-pa’s Decisive Analysis of (Chandrakīrti’s) “Supplement to Nāgārjuna’s ‘Treatise on the Middle’”: Treasury of Scripture and Reasoning, Thoroughly Illuminating the Meaning of the Profound, Entrance for the Fortunate. Also including portions of Tsong-kha-pa’s Extensive Explanation of (Chandrakīrti’s) “Supplement to (Nāgārjuna’s) ‘Treatise on the Middle’”: Illumination of the Thought.

15. Jules Levinson, What does Chandrakīrti Add to Nāgārjuna’s Treatise?: Jam-yang-shay-pa’s Great Exposition of the Middle: Beginning 1, 180 pp. (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, October 2015).

16. Craig Preston, Meaning of “The Manifest,” Vessels for the Teaching of Emptiness, Nāgārjuna’s Lives, and Ten Samenesses: Jam-yang-shay-pa’s Great Exposition of the Middle: Chapter Six, Introduction, 161 pp. (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, June 2015).

17. Jongbok Yi, The Opposite of Emptiness in the Middle Way Autonomy School: Jam-yang-shay-pa’s Great Exposition of the Middle: Chapter Six, 183 pp. (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, 2014).

18. Jongbok Yi, The Opposite of Emptiness in the Middle Way Consequence School: Jam-yang-shay-pa’s Great Exposition of the Middle: Chapter Six, 80 pp. (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, June 2016).

The Theme of the Fundamental Innate Mind of Clear Light

A shared heritage of all Tibetan and Inner Asian Buddhist systems is that the nature of the mind is clear light. This theme is found on all levels of these systems but is presented in its fullness in Tantric systems. The topic of the fundamental mind of clear light will be explored through two works, one from the Nying-ma tradition and one from the Ge-lug tradition:

Translation of a basic text

Mi-pam-gya-tsho’s Analysis of the Meaning of Fundamental Mind, Clear Light, Distinguishing the Basis, Path, and Fruit of the Great Completeness: Illumination of Intelligence

19. Jeffrey Hopkins, Mi-pam-gya-tsho’s Primordial Enlightenment: The Nying-ma View of Luminosity and Emptiness, Analysis of Fundamental Mind, with Oral Commentary by Khetsun Sangpo, 214 pp. (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, August 2016).

 

Dictionary

20. Jeffrey Hopkins and Paul Hackett, UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies Tibetan-Sanskrit-English Dictionary, 902 pp. (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, May 2016). Contributors: Nathaniel Grove, William Magee, Andres Montano, John Powers, Craig Preston, Joe Wilson, Jongbok Yi.

Bibliography

21. William A. Magee, Bibliography of Sources for the UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, 75 pp. (UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies, March 2016) with on-going updates.