Ocean of Nectar is the first complete commentary in English to Chandrakirti's classic Guide to the Middle Way, one of the most important scriptures in Mahayana Buddhism and regarded to this day as the principal text on emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality. In this long-awaited major work Geshe Kelsang provides an entirely new translation of Chandrakirti's verse masterpiece and explains with outstanding clarity Buddha's most profound view of the middle way. In the course of the book he also charts the progress of a Mahayana practitioner from the initial cultivation of compassion through to the attainment of full enlightenment, providing an indispensable guide for the serious student of Mahayana Buddhism.
"Guide to the Middle Way was composed by Nagarjuna's principal disciple, Chandrakirti. It is an outstanding text that explains perfectly the stages of both the profound path and the vast path taught by Nagarjuna. However, since it was written, the spiritual wisdom of the beings of this world has continued to decline and so these days we find it difficult to understand even this text. We need another key to unlock its meaning. It is to provide such a key that I have written this book, Ocean of Nectar. I hope that with the help of this commentary many people will be able to study and practise Guide to the Middle Way." - From Ocean of Nectar
With a new translation and verse-by-verse commentary, the author reveals this profound meaning to the West with utmost clarity, and guides us along the stages of the Bodhisattva path to full enlightenment.
This book is an indispensable guide for the serious practitioner of Mahayana Buddhism.
"Undoubtedly, this learned work coming as it does from so eminent an authority constitutes an important and valuable contribution to the study of Mahayana Buddhism...Gyatso has rendered a great service to the cause of Buddhist philosophy."
"This important work handsomely repays the close reading required to fully savor the text." - The Middle Way