Madhyamaka, or the middle way, describes a path that cuts through all extreme beliefs about existence and nonexistence, relative and absolute. Shantarakshita's "Madhyamakalankara" presents this profound Buddhist teaching in verse to help students who have received instruction commit it to memory. Jamgon Mipham's analytical commentary of the work offers a thorough, authoritative explanation of Shantarakshita's meaning.
Jamgoen Mipham (1846-1912), one of the great luminaries of Tibetan Buddhism in modern times, has had a dominant and vitalizing influence on the Nyingma School and beyond. He was an important member of the Rime, or nonsectarian movement, which did much to strengthen and preserve the entire tradition. A scholar of outstanding brilliance and versatility, his translated works are eagerly anticipated by English-language readers.