Prajnaparamita in Tibetan Buddhism

Prajnaparamita in Tibetan Buddhism

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Author: E Obermiller
Publisher: Pilgrims Publishing
Year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 176
ISBN/UPC (if available): 81-7769-824-9


This book, analysing the doctrine of Prajnaparamita (Tib.Sher-p’hin pronounced as Sh’er-Ch’hin) or Transcendental Wisdom is based on Tibetan exegetical literature viz. Abhisamayalamkara of Maitreya or as runs its full title, the Abhisamayalamkara-nama-Prajnaparamita-updesa-sastra which is considered by the learned Tibetan tradition to be the most important as, i. a summary of the Prajnaparamita-sutras, and ii. as the text containing the special theory of the marga or the path to the attainment of Nirvana according to the Mahayanistic standpoint.

Maitreya according to Tibetan tradition was one among those present when the Sakya (Tib. Bchom-Idanhdas) delivered his discourses on Prajnaparamita, later on compiled by Kashyap (Tib. Hod. Srung), consisting of 21 volumes.

E. Obermiller has taken recourse to those Indian and Tibetan Commetntaries which are held in great esteem by the learned Tibetan tradition and are considered to contain the most clear, thorough and full analysis of the subjects contained in the Abhisamayalamkara.


1. Preface by: Dr. Harcharan Singh Sobti
2. E Obermiller: A Biographical Note by Dr. Harcharan Singh Sobti
3. Editor’s Note
4. Acknowledgements
5. Abbreviations
6. Chapter One: Review of Literature
7. Chapter Two: The Path and its Varieties
8. Chapter Three: The Eight Hinayanistic Stages and Ten Stages of
9. the Bodhisattva
10. Chapter Four: The Eight Principal Subjects and the Seventy
11. Topics of the Abhisamayalamkara
12. Chapter Five: The Concordance
13. Chapter Six: The Author of the Abhisamayalamkara
14. Works of E Obermiller
15. Bibliography A
16. Bibliography B
17. Index
18. Technical Terms and Expressions: Sanskrit-Tibetan
19. Technical Terms and Expressions: Tibetan-Sanskrit
20. Sutras and Sastras: Sanskrit-Tibetan
21. Sutras and Sastras: Tibetan-Sanskrit
22. Authors and Schools:
(A) Indian
(B) Tibetan