The Perfection of Wisdom, Illustrated with Ancient Sanskrit Manuscripts

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Synopsis: A scripture that distills the essence of Buddhism, handsomely illustrated with ancient Sanskrit manuscripts, relates its philosophy to everyday life

Buddhists of all traditions...mystics, ascetics, monks...average readers seeking an inspiring introduction to Buddhist ideas...all will treasure The Perfection of Wisdom. Based on a scripture composed in southern India between 100 b.c. and a.d. 100, the text is a series of dialogues conducted in a conversation circle of Buddhas and bodhisattvas. Their discussion, of a bodhisattva's symbolic journey toward the perfection of wisdom, reflects the concept of two truths--conventional and absolute--and centers on the ten "perfections": giving, morality, patience, vigor, contemplation, wisdom, means, vow, power, and knowledge.

This is the core message of Buddhism, and The Perfection of Wisdom's commentaries place it in its historical and cultural context. Beautiful, powerful illustrations from thousand-year-old Sanskrit manuscripts--among them the oldest dated example in the world--include miniatures of Buddhist shrines in India, Nepal, China, Java, and Sri Lanka. Here is a classic-to-be that in equal measure entrances the eye, opens the mind, and awakens the spirit.

About the Author: Craig Jamieson, a teacher of Sanskrit and Indic religions and a member of the Oriental Faculty and King's College, Cambridge, is a Keeper of Sanskrit manuscripts at the University Library. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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