Expanding Wisdom and Compassion
Through Study and Contemplation

UMA’s current project focuses on Tibetan expositions of Three Great Indian Books, together with a related theme of the Mind of Clear Light.


The Three Great Indian books are essential Buddhist texts that even today form the basis of philosophical study in Tibetan Monastic Colleges. They are Maitreya’s Ornament for the Clear Realizations, Chandrakīrti’s Supplement to (Nāgārjuna’s) “Treatise on the Middle,” and Dharmakīrti’s Commentary on (Dignāga’s) “Compilation of Valid Cognition.”


The Three Great Indian Books are taught in a variety of ways, but primarily with textbooks, exploring detailed issues through exposition and debate. Each Monastic College has its preferred textbook author; UMA translations focus on Jam-yang-shay-pa (1648-1721) together with commentaries by the Mongolian author Ngag-wang-pal-dan (b. 1767) and others. To date UMA has published thirty-three annotated translations of textbook literature (free for downloading), including a treatise on the Mind of Clear Light by the Nying-ma scholar Mi-pam-gya-tsho (1846-1912).


UMA's publications offer the most wide-ranging, thoroughly researched, and deeply explorative body of work ever to appear in English about these indispensible repositories of Buddhist philosophical thought. And we are determined to publish many more volumes.


-- Jeffrey Hopkins

Recent Publications


Categorized List of Books available
for free download