Ornament of the Middle Way

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Shantarakshita, author of the Madhyamakalankara

The Ornament of the Middle Way (Skt. Madhyamakālaṃkāra; Tib. དབུ་མ་རྒྱན་, Uma Gyen, Wyl. dbu ma rgyan) was written by Shantarakshita, the great Indian scholar who assisted Guru Padmasambhava in introducing Buddhism to Tibet and founding the famous monastery of Samyé. There is a famous commentary by Mipham Rinpoche, his most comprehensive work on Madhyamika, which brilliantly sets out the unique Nyingma view bringing together themes from the Middle Way and the Mind Only schools.

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Commentaries

Indian

  • Shantarakshita, Commentary on the Ornament of the Middle Way (Skt. Madhyamakālamkāra-vṛtti; Wyl. dbu ma'i rgyan gyi 'grel pa)
  • Kamalashila, Commentary on the Difficult Points of the Ornament of the Middle Way (Skt. Madhyamakālaṅkāra-pañjikā;
TBRC-tag.png དབུ་མ་རྒྱན་གྱི་དཀའ་གྲེལ་, Wyl. dbu ma'i rgyan gyi dka' 'grel)

Tibetan

Teachings Given to the Rigpa Sangha

  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Rigpa Shedra West, Dzogchen Beara, 2 to 13 October, 2004
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Rigpa Shedra West, Lerab Ling, 13 to 21 September, 2005
  • Khenpo Sönam Tobden, Rigpa Shedra East, 11 December 2007 to 29 March, 2008

Further Reading

  • Kennard Lipman, A Study of Śāntarakṣita's Madhyamakālaṃkāra, PhD dissertation, Saskatchewan 1979.
  • Masamichi Ichigo, Madhyamakālaṃkāra, Kyoto 1985.