Sabche: The Adornment of the Middle Way- A Teaching to Delight my Master…
The Adornment of the Middle Way-
A Teaching to Delight
my Master Manjughosha
A. The author of the text
B. Those for whom the text was composed
C. The general orientation of the text
D. General summary
E. The need or purpose of this text
I. How does this text give certainty in the meaning of the whole range of the Mahayana?
When the approximate ultimate is being established, the two kinds of valid reasoning are upheld without entailing any contradiction.
A clear distinction is made between the approximate utlimate truth and the actual ultimate truth.
The self−knowing mind or reflexive awareness
The causally efficient thing is the only authentic object of valid cognition.
II. What is meant when it is said that the approach of this text is easy?
III. How great enlightenment is achieved through the approach thus propounded
A. The exposition
of the root verses
III. The text itself
An examination and establishment of the two truths
c. The benefits of understanding the two truths correctly
b. Answers to objections made to this distinction of the two truths
a. The two truths identified
ii. A demonstration that things exist on the relative level
Identifying the relative as mere appearance, empty of true existence (St. 63)
Discerning the nature of the relative truth
A. Mere appearances exist incontrovertibly
I. The manner in which they appear (St. 64)
II. An explanation of the cause of mere appearance (St. 65)
B. A conclusive demonstration that the ground of appearance is itself empty of true existence (St. 66)
i. A demonstration that no entities exist at the ultimate level
A demonstration of the validity of the argument
A. A demonstration that the sign fulfills the condition of being a property of the logical subject
I. Establishing that there
is no such thing as a truly existent entity that is one
II. Establishing the absence of
many truly existent entities (St. 61)
B. Establishing the pervasion (St. 62)
The main argument of the Madhyamikalankara (St. 1)
C. The nature of the analogy
B. An investigation of the argument
II. Does the "neither one nor many" argument establish the predicated property in itself, or does it simply establish the term predicated?
III. Are the objects of refutation
and the sign nonimplicative negatives or implicative negatives?
I. A Prasangika or a Svatantrika argument?
A. An investigation of the subject of the probative argument
The conclusion: a eulogy of this approach to the two truths
a. An outline of the tradition in which the Chittamatra and the Madhyamaka approaches are combined
i. An outline of the abiding mode of the conventional truth (St. 91)
ii. An outline of the path that combines the two approaches (St. 92)
b. In praise of this path
i. A brief presentation (St. 93)
ii. A detailed presentation of the praise of the path, which unites the two approaches
The extraordinary qualities of the path (St. 94, 95)
This path is the source of other good qualities
A. Compassion for all beings (St. 96)
B. Devotion and respect for the Teacher (St. 97)
II. The homage of the translator
I. The meaning of the title
IV. The conclusion
The author’s colophon
The colophon of the translators
B. The necessity for the explanation of the root verses
I. Colophon of Mipham Rinpoche