Mipam on BuddhaNature: The Ground of the Nyingma Tradition


A comprehensive overview of Tibetan Buddhist thinker Mipam’s work on emptiness and Buddha-nature.
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Mipam on Buddha-Nature: The Ground of the Nyingma Tradition

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A comprehensive overview of Tibetan Buddhist thinker Mipam’s work on emptiness and Buddha-nature.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Duckworth significantly advances our understanding of this important figure and this long-neglected period of Tibetan intellectual life.” — Journal of Asian Studies

“…an important in-depth study … Duckworth’s study has succeeded in making a significant intra-religious Buddhist dialogue available in English. It thereby represents a valuable piece of the puzzle.” — Journal of the American Academy of Religion

“The author brings impressive detail and erudition to bear on this topic; he is clearly well read in the relevant Tibetan materials, the Indian background, and relevant contemporary scholarship. This book represents a significant contribution to the fields of Tibetan and Buddhist studies, and it fills a gap in our knowledge of Nyingma philosophy.” — Gregory A. Hillis, University of California at Santa Barbara

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791475225
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas S. Duckworth is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

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Table of Contents


Presence and Absence
Historical Survey
Monastic Education and the Nonsectarian Movement
Life and Works of Mipam
Summary of Contents
The End of the Beginning

Chapter 1. Buddha-Nature and the Unity of the Two Truths
Mipam’s Synthesis
Two Truths
Buddha-Nature as the Unity of Appearance and Emptiness
Buddha-Nature as the Definitive Meaning

Chapter 2. Middle Way of Prāsan˙gika and Yogācāra
Dialectical Ascent
Foundations of Yogācāra
Prāsan˙gika versus Yogācāra

Chapter 3. The Present Absence
Other-Emptiness in the Jonang
Other-Emptiness and the Nyingma: Lochen Dharmaśrī
Another Emptiness? Emptiness of Self/Other
Phenomena and Suchness
De/limiting Emptiness
Emptiness as the Unity of Appearance and Emptiness

Chapter 4. Buddha-Nature and the Ground of the Great Perfection
Distinguishing the Views on Buddha-Nature
Buddha-Nature as Heritage, Buddha-Nature as the Ground
Appearance and Reality

Chapter 5. The Indivisible Ground and Fruition
Establishing Buddha-Nature: The Immanent Buddha
Establishing Appearances as Divine
Buddha-Nature and a Difference Between Sūtra and Mantra

Translations of Primary Texts
Appendix 1. Lion’s Roar: Exposition of Buddha-Nature
Stating Other Traditions
Presenting Our Authentic Tradition
The Meaning of the First Verse “Because the body of the perfect Buddha is radiant”
The Meaning of the Second Verse “Because thusness is indivisible”
The Meaning of the Third Verse “Because of possessing heritage”
Refuting the View that [the Basic Element] Is Truly Established and Not Empty
Refuting the View that [the Basic Element] Is a Void Emptiness
Refuting the Apprehension of [the Basic Element] as Impermanent and Conditioned
Appendix 2. Notes on the Essential Points of [Mipam’s] Exposition [of Buddha-Nature]


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