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Nagarjun's Letter to King Guatamiputa

Price : $8.75
ISBN # : 9788120813755
Author : Peter D. Santina & Lozang Jamspal
pages: 118
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass
Published : 2008

Nagarjuna's Letter to King Gautamiputra is a concise and comprehensive explanation of the fundamentals of the Buddha's teaching and of the Buddhist path to liberation. Written by the renowned sage Nagarjuna for his friend and patron Gautamiputra the then King of Andhra in the South of India, the work which contains one hundred and twenty three verses achieved great popularity first in India and then in Tibet. Though the Sanskrit original of the work is lost, the present English translation has been made from the Tibetan collection. Explanatory notes based on three authoritative Tibetan commentaries have been added to the text. The Tibetan text of the verses of Nagarjuna's letter is also included to assist students and scholars who wish to consult the Tibetan version.

Review 1:
''This is a valuable addition to the literature on Buddhism.... It is interesting as a work of scholarship and provides an insight into Buddhism and Buddhist ethics.''
Source: A.M. Ghose, The Hindustan Times, 7th Oct. 1979.

Review 2:
''The present work contains not only the English translation of the Tibetan version but also elaborates notes based on Tibetan commentaries together with the original Tibetan text in calligraphy. A very useful addition to the knowledge of Mahayana Buddhism.''
Source: - S.S.S., The Mail, Madras, August 5, 1979

Review 3:
''The present edition is a compilation of translations but not directly from the original text. It is based on three Tibetan commentaries on the text ably supplemented by a thorough discussion. The explanatory notes which follow the verses in English make the text more precise and the philosophy of Nagarjuna clearer and simpler.''
Source: - Savitri Subrahmanyam, The Tribune, June 30, 1979

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Thursday 19 April, 2012.
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