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The Splendor of an Autumn Moon

The Devotional Verse of Tsongkhapa

Translated by Kilty and Gavin Kilty

“Some of the most inspiring verses ever written.”—Geshe Thupten Jinpa, PhD, founder, Institute for Tibetan Classics

The Tibetan saint Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), the founder of the Dalai Lama's tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, was renowned for his vast learning, meditational achievements, influential writings on practice and philosophy, and reform of tantric religious practices. A deeply humble and religious man, he expressed himself in exquisite verse.

Here, presented in both the original Tibetan and in English translation, are twenty-one devotional poems by Tsongkhapa. Each verse--dedicated to the Buddha, bodhisattvas, and lamas--illuminates some aspect of the Buddhist path. Gavin Kilty's commentary places each prayer into context, and his careful, artful translations will appeal to anyone with a love of poetry.

  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (March 24, 2015)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780861717705

"These songs are the verbal counterpart to thangka-painting. Gavin Kilty should be thanked for his translations."

– Andrew Schelling, Naropa University

"Making poetry out of sutra-like materials is a hugely daunting undertaking. Gavin Kilty has done a monumental job of getting these poems into their present highly readable state."

– Mike O'Connor

"Some of the most inspiring verses ever written."

– Geshe Thupten Jinpa, PhD, founder, Institute for Tibetan Classics

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