In this luminous presentation, the Dalai Lama lays out the Middle Way-“the way of the intelligent person” who approaches all matters, including matters of faith and devotion, with the highest spirit of critical inquiry and does so without falling into the traps of fixed ideas or extreme views. With fresh emphasis, this peerless and beloved teacher links Tibetan Buddhism to its deep roots in the ancient scholastic tradition of Nalanda University and to the profound analytical teachings of the seminal Indian master Nagarjuna. As the Dalai Lama explores in depth Nagarjuna’s Fundamental Stanzas of the Middle Way-a text of radical importance to the entirety of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition-he illuminates such subtle and easily misunderstood topics as the nature of self and no-self, dependent origination, and the differing roles of relative and absolute truths. This volume also includes a rich exploration of the Tibetan master Tsongkhapa’s Three Principle Aspects of the Path, offering the reader an opportunity to put these matters of deepest philosophical import into direct practice.
The Middle Way will be available for purchase for the first time during His Holiness’s visit to New England on May 2nd.