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Texts related to the Abhisamayālaṃkāra (mngon rtogs rgyan) or Clear Ornament of Realization, one of the Five Treatises of Maitreyanātha:
- Words from the Lineage Masters to Clarify Maitreyanātha's Vision: An Overview of the Perfection of Wisdom's Ornament of Realization by Khenpo Pema Vajra
Summarizing the entire text of the Abhisamayālaṃkāra, but with special focus on the first of the eight topics, omniscience, this concise overview serves as a useful introduction to Maitreyanātha's famous guide to the Prajñāpāramitā. Written in 1875 to mark the enthronement of the Fifth Dzogchen Rinpoche.
Having identified the Abhisamayālaṃkāra as one of the five treatises of Maitreyanātha, Khenpo Shenga explains the features of each of the five texts in this collection, before focusing on the Ornament of Realization itself, which he discusses under five rubrics: its author, sources, category, theme, and purpose.
Studied in Nyingma colleges, or shedra (bshad grwa), before the full study of the Abhisamayālaṃkāra, this text covers the following topics: various ways of identifying the founders of the Prajñāpāramitā commentarial tradition, the sūtras which the Abhisamayālaṃkāra explains, the 21 Indian commentaries on the Abhisamayālaṃkāra, and the most important commentarial works studied in the Nyingma tradition.
- The Words of Jigme Chökyi Wangpo: A Commentary Presenting the Subject Matter of the Great Treatise Abhisamayālaṃkāra by Khenpo Tsöndrü
This commentary, known as The Words of Jigme Chökyi Wangpo, briefly presents the each of the eight principal topics and seventy points of the Abhisamayālaṃkāra, following the explanation of Patrul Rinpoche (whose full name is Orgyen Jigme Chökyi Wangpo). It is thus a useful summary of, and guide to, both the root text and Patrul Rinpoche's own famous 'overview' (spyi don) commentary.
- Excellent Explanation from the Scriptural Tradition: A Brief Guide to the Stages of Meditating on the General Themes of the Ornament to the Prajñāpāramitā by Patrul Rinpoche
In this practical guide to meditating on the teachings of the Prajñāpāramitā sūtras, as outlined in Maitreya's Abhisamayālaṃkāra, Patrul discusses the attitude and training of a bodhisattva. He repeatedly emphasises the fact that enlightened activity for others' benefit—and not simply realization—is the ultimate goal.
Notes on a single verse from Maitreyanātha's Abhisamayālaṃkāra (IV, 59) which identifies eight types of profundity related to arising, ceasing, suchness, the knowable, knowing, activity, non-duality and skill in means.