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Through all-knowledge, you lead the peace-seeking śrāvakas to perfect quiescence,

Through path-knowledge, you enable those who benefit beings to bring about the welfare of the world,

Endowed with you, the omniscient Sages can teach in various ways—

Homage to you, the Mother of the buddhas and hosts of śrāvakas and bodhisattvas.

Texts related to the Abhisamayālaṃkāra (mngon rtogs rgyan) or Clear Ornament of Realization, one of the Five Treatises of Maitreyanātha:


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.

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.

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.


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