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Title:
Invitation to enlightenment : letter to the great king Kaniṣka
Author:
Mātr̥ceṭa.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Mahārājakaniṣkalekha. Polygot
Publication Information:
Berkeley, CA : Dharma Pub., [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
lxxxiii, 379 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780898002997

9780898002980
Format :
Book

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Central Library BQ5385 .M3616 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Two epistles, or message letters, one to a king and one to a disciple, awaken the possibility or realization. Includes Tibetan text and Sanskrit transliteration on facing pages, and facsimile of a palmleaf manuscript.


Summary

Matricheta's "Letter to the Great King Kanishka" (the Maharaja-kanishka-lekha) and Chandragomin's "Letter to a Disciple" (the Shishya-lekha) awaken us to the very real possibility of liberation in this lifetime. Presented as epistles, a teaching form well established in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, these inspiring letters encourage us to look fearlessly at the workings of karma in our lives and offer instruction in how to free ourselves from its chains. Includes original sources: Tibetan text of Matricheta's work and the Sanskrit mss. for Chandragomin's letter, with notes translated from Tibetan commentaries, analysis of vocabulary, bibliography, and index.


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