New Book Release “Freedom Through Correct Knowing”

Geshe Tenzin Namdak, our resident teacher, would like to share the good news about his next book publication “Freedom through Correct Knowing: On Khedrup Jé’s Interpretation of Dharmakīrti” with Wisdom Publications.

The book is a unique collaboration between the monks of Sera Jey Monastery Translation Department and Sera IMI House, with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

“The collaboration that has given rise to this work began fourteen years ago when Geshe Tenzin Namdak was asked to start a program at Sera Jey Monastery to educate monks with basic English in English Dharma vocabulary and the skills to do written and oral translations from Tibetan. This project gradually grew into the Sera Je Monastic University Translation Department which now also includes training in translation from Tibetan to Chinese. […] When His Holiness learned of the Translation Department during a visit to Sera Monastery in 2013, He suggested that we translate Khedrup Jé’s Clearing Mental Darkness: An Ornament of Dharmakīrti’s “Seven Treatises on Valid Cognition” (Tshad ma sde bdun gyi rgyan yid kyi mun sel). Seeing that it would be extremely difficult for most English readers to follow parts of this work involving detailed debates between the author and opposing views, Geshe Namdak first identified sections that clearly set out Khedrup Jé’s own positions and some central debates. Next, Geshe Namdak and myself worked for several years with groups of Tibetan speaking monastic translator students making draft translations. Once this was done it became clear that we needed native English speakers to convert the work of different groups of translators into text having uniform style and vocabulary. Also, we deemed that this work would be even more useful to a wider range of readers by supplementing Khedrup Jé’s presentation with explanations of many basic concepts and terms that he assumes readers are conversant with since they are covered in the early years of the Tibetan Buddhist philosophy programs. To develop this content, we requested the assistance of other IMI House monks, especially Venerables Tenzin Namjong, Tenzin Gache, and Dan Frey. With all this content gathered together, Geshe Namdak and myself primarily took responsibility for shaping the book into its final form having smooth progression from topic to topic, a rich glossary, and helpful appendices.” Read the full post of Ven. Tenzin Legtsok on the FPMT website.

Explore this Sera Jey Translation of Khedrup Je’s Clearing Mental Darkness

The UK release is on September 2nd, currently, the book is available on the Wisdom Publications website and as an ebook version from the FPMT Foundation Store.