Professor Thurman introduces the Essence of True Eloquence (drang nges legs bshad snying po), discussing his own personal experience encountering and translating the Tsongkhapa’s great work, and also Tsongkhapa’s own experience and doubts about composing the work. He elaborates on the role of Manjushri in influencing Tsongkhapa to eventually compose it, and in influencing those who would wish to study it, to understand it.
Professor Thurman is reading from his own translation of the Essence of True Eloquence (drang nges legs bshad snying po), published as The Central Philosophy of Tibet.
This episode is an extract from a lecture given by Professor Thurman at Tibet House US on September 10th, 2014, in a lecture series called Profound Wisdom and Vast Compassion, which was a series of preparatory lectures given to prepare people for an event hosted by Tibet House US in NYC with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, also called Profound Wisdom and Vast Compassion.
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The Central Philosophy of Tibet
This is the first full study, translation, and critical annotation of the Essence of True Eloquence by Jey Tsong Khapa (1357-1419), universally acknowledged as the greatest Tibetan philosopher. Robert Thurman's translation and introduction present a …