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By Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltshen, Jared Douglas Rhoton

ISBN-10: 0791452867

ISBN-13: 9780791452868

A transparent Differentiation of the 3 Codes offers the 1st English translation of the sDom gsum rab dbye, probably the most recognized and debatable doctrinal treatises of Tibetan Buddhism. Written through Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltshen (1182–1251), a founding father of the Sakya university and one in all Tibet’s such a lot discovered sages, the 3 Codes strongly prompted next non secular and highbrow traditions in Tibet—and sparked a few long-lasting doctrinal and philosophical disputes, a few of which persist this day. within the 3 Codes, Sakya Pandita discusses the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Tantric vows of Buddhist behavior, which frequently diverge and contradict one another. He criticizes, on not less than one element or one other, later practitioners of just about each lineage, together with the Kadampa, Kagyupa, and Nyingmapa, for contradicting the unique teachings in their personal traditions.

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For the convenience of the reader and to clarify the textual basis of the translation, a slightly emended Tibetan "vulgate" text of A Clear Differentiation ofthe Three Codes has been included as Appendix B. Although this is not a critical edition, it does indicate which reading the translator followed in arriving at the final English rendering. The text is based mainly on the 1736 Derge edition (accessible in the SKB reprint), though Dr. Rhoton also referred to a Sikkimese blockprint edition (the Sa-Ngor xylographic edition, closely related to the Derge edition) and, for clarifying difficulties, to commentators (mainly Gorampa, but occasionally Pokhangpa) and oral informants (including Deshung Rinpoche, 1906-1987).

5Bit is said that these thirty-two signs had hitherto become visible only on the bodies of Gautama Buddha and Nagarjuna. 51, at the age of sixry-nine. Before dying, he gave his sixteen-year-old nephew Phakpa Lodro Gyaltshen his own alms-bowl, a gold image of Sakyamuni, a white conch, andmanybooks of scripture. Naming him as his successor, Sa pan conferred upon Phakpa the leadership of tens of thousands of monks with the exhortation, "ThJ time has now come for you to accomplish a great work for the happiness of many beings.

Thus he addressed himself to a somewhat learned audience but also tried to keep his language simple. Although 66o of his 996 stanzas are devoted to yajrayana topics, he avoids a detailed discussion of tantric matters, other than in general terms. 28 Sakya Pandita's Life and WOrk Sapan composed the entire work in seven-syllable mnemonic lines, except for the final three verses of four lines each, which have nine syllables per line. (Ork. For ease of reference and to give the reader thematic orientation, he added topical headings based on (but not identical to)95 Gorampa's outline of the text (see Appendix A), as well as four-line verse numbers.

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