TRANSCENDENT WISDOM by H.H. the Dalai Lama, translated, edited and annotated by B. Alan Wallace
This extraordinarily clear exposition on the wisdom section of the Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life is based on an oral teaching given in Switzerland by HH the Dalai Lama before an audience of thousands of Tibetans and Westerners in 1979.
Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life is one of the most important texts in the Mahayana tradition of Buddhist practice. Its ninth chapter, the section on transcendent wisdom, is known among Buddhist scholars as a challenging exposition of Madhyamika philosophy, difficult to understand without a commentary. This invaluable volume, with its precise elucidation of core issues of Tibetan Buddhism, stands as a key work in Buddhist literature.
His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born to a peasant family in the Amdo region of northeastern Tibet in 1935, and was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. Today, he is considered the world’s foremost Buddhist leader. The exiled spiritual head of the Tibetan people and a Nobel Peace Laureate, he is a remarkable Buddhist teacher and scholar, and is know the world over as a tireless worker for peace.
B. Alan Wallace has taught Buddhist meditation since 1976. Having devoted fourteen years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, and earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Stanford University. He is the founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, cotranslator of A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life, and author of Mind in the Balance: Meditation in Science, Buddhism, and Christianity.