The eighth volume in the Dalai Lama’s definitive and bestselling Library of Wisdom and Compassion series, and the second of three focusing on emptiness.
In Realizing the Profound View the Dalai Lama presents the analysis and meditations necessary to realize the ultimate nature of reality.
With attention to Nagarjuna’s five-point analysis, Candrakirti’s seven-point examination, and Pali sutras, the Dalai Lama leads us to investigate who or what is the person. Are we our body? Our mind? If we are not inherently either of them, how do we exist, and what carries the karma from one life to the next? As we explore these and other fascinating questions, he skillfully guides us along the path, avoiding the chasms of absolutism and nihilism, and introduces us to dependent arising. We find that although all persons and phenomena lack an inherent essence, they do exist dependently. This nominally imputed mere I carries the karmic seeds. We discover that all phenomena exist by being merely designated by term and concept—they appear as like illusions, unfindable under ultimate analysis but functioning on the conventional level. Furthermore, we come to understand that emptiness dawns as the meaning of dependent arising, and dependent arising dawns as the meaning of emptiness. The ability to posit subtle dependent arisings in the face of realizing emptiness and to establish ultimate and conventional truths as non-contradictory brings us to the culmination of the correct view.
The second of three volumes on the nature of reality in the Library of Wisdom and Compassion series, Realizing the Profound View challenges the ways we view the self and the world, bringing us that much closer to liberation.
About the Author
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and a beacon of inspiration for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. He has persistently reached out across religious and political lines and has engaged in dialogue with scientists in his mission to advance peace and understanding in the world. In doing so, he embodies his motto: "My religion is kindness."
Thubten Chodron has been a Buddhist nun since 1977. A graduate of UCLA, she is the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey in Washington State. She is a popular speaker and author of numerous books, including Buddhism for Beginners.
“This book is a treasure. The appeal of the text does not merely sit in the intellect but is a comprehensive toolkit that is easily applied to changing one’s attitudes for the better and enabling spiritual potential to be actualized.” — —Ajahn Amaro, abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery
“A beautiful addition to the golden rosary of the Library of Wisdom and Compassion, this invaluable text generously introduces us to the actual analytic practices that help us realize the true nature of reality.” — —Judith Simmer-Brown, Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies, Naropa University, author of Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism
“The authors’ approach is genuinely Rimé (nonsectarian) and not exclusivist, but rather a process of humility and genuine interest in different interpretations of the Buddha's teaching despite significant diversity, demonstrating how living traditions can learn from one another." — —Dr. Carola Roloff, (Bhiksuni Jampa Tsedroen) professor, Buddhism and Dialogue, the Academy of World Religions, University of Hamburg
“Enriched by Ven. Chodron’s skillful presentation of discussions from the Pali tradition, Realizing the Profound View is among the clearest and most detailed analyses of the Buddhist wisdom of no-self ever published and should be in the library of every serious student of Buddhism.” — —Roger R. Jackson, Jojn W. Nason Professor of Asian Studies and Religion, Emeritus, Carleton College