KTD PUBLICATIONS Announces New Book “ESTABLISHING VALIDITY,” by the Seventh Karmapa Chodrak Gyatso, translated by David Karma Choephel

ccKTD08-25-2016validityAugust 13, 2016

New Release from KTD Publications:


by the Seventh Karmapa Chodrak Gyatso, translated by David Karma Choephel


The book comprises the first chapter of Karmapa Chodrak Gyatso’s Ocean of the Literature on Logic, which is his commentary on the first chapter of Dharmakirti’s Compendium of Validity. That is in turn an extensive explanation of the verse of homage from Dignāga’s Compendium of Validity.


Includes forewords by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.


14047284_643771435776223_8585586638558263745_o-2Within the Tibetan tradition, the most highly regarded proof of rebirth is Dharmakirti’s long treatment of it in the chapter “Establishing Validity” from his Commentary on Validity, which is presented in this book along with the Seventh Karmapa Chodrak Gyatso’s commentary on it from The Ocean of Literature on Logic.


Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

“The great Indian paṇḍitas Dignāga and Dharmakīrti founded a system of logic and epistemology that revolutionized Indian thought by systematizing the Buddha’s teachings on the way mind sees its world. Their thought remains an indispensable pillar of Buddhist studies to this day. Through the centuries of Indian and Tibetan commentary upon the seminal works of these two masters, few texts, if any, can compare to the profundity and breadth of Ocean of Literature on Logic by the Seventh Karmapa, Chödrak Gyatso. By commenting on the line-by-line meaning of Dignāga and Dharmakīrti’s verses, as well as providing a wealth of in-depth analysis of their implied meaning, the Seventh Karmapa’s magnum opus stands as one of the finest accomplishments of Tibetan scholarship. I am therefore very happy that, under the sage guidance of the great Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, David Karma Choephel has made available to the public an English translation of the first chapter of the Ocean of Literature on Logic, the chapter that deals with establishing the Buddha as a source of authoritative knowledge. I rejoice in this wonderful contribution to the field of studies of valid cognition; I am confident that students of Buddhism, as well as other sciences of knowledge, will derive great benefit from this book.”

Publishing Details

Published by KTD Publications 2016

Hard cover

6 x 9, 400 pages

Designed and typeset by Gopa & Ted2, Inc.

Jacket design by Louise Light

Printed on acid free 100% PCR paper, FSC, GPI