Tsongkhapa’s Praise for Dependent Relativity - Praise

“In this elegant text, the ven Geshe Graham Woodhouse translates Tsongkhapa’s jewel-like masterpiece, Praise of Dependent Relativity, a text that draws together metaphysics, ethics and practice with uncommon precision and grace. The radiance of Tsongkhapa’s poetry is refracted and enhanced by the brilliant and lucid commentary of the late Gen Losang Gyatso. The translation is direct and elegant. This book will be of enormous value to scholars and practitioners alike.”—Dr. Jay Garfield, Dorris Silbert Professor in Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Smith College.

“This translation gives us access to one of the seminal texts of the Tibetan tradition. It encapsulates the heart of the Tibetan understanding of Buddhist philosophy as understood by Tshongkhapa, one of its most important exponents, and provides an articulation of its most important points, the explanation of how the doctrine of emptiness is compatible with common sense practices. A must read for all those who are interested in this important tradition.”—Dr. George Dreyfus, Professor of Religion at Williams College.

“Tsongkhapa’s famous Rten ’brel bstod pa marks Tsongkhapa’s awakening. It is a praise of the Buddha as foremost teacher of dependent arising and emptiness, and is accepted by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism as Tsongkhapa’s clearest statement of faith. It is a great pleasure to read the precise and flowing translation into English by the Venerable Graham Woodhouse. He has retained the syllabic structure of the Tibetan Buddhist chant, and has interwoven his own profound understanding of the text with an excellent translation of a commentary on it by his teacher, the late Losang Gyatso.”—Gareth Sparham, Lecturer in Tibetan Language, Group in Buddhist Studies, Berkeley.

“When I recall my dear teacher Gen Losang Gyatso’s profound knowledge of Buddha's teaching on ultimate truth and his sharpness of mind in debate on the subject, his great good qualities even now fill my mind with awe. Tsongkhapa’s celebrated and masterful verses together with Gen Losang Gyatso and Geshe Graham’s precise and direct explanations of them provide an excellent way of approach to awakening to the truths of interdependence and emptiness.”—Geshe Dorji Damdul