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Ocean of Reasoning: A Great Commentary on the Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika

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Tsong kha pa (14th-century) is arguably the most important and influential philosopher in Tibetan history. An Ocean of Reasoning is the most extensive and perhaps the deepest extant commentary on Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika (Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way), and it can be argued that it is impossible to discuss Nagarjuna's work in an informed way without consulting it. It discusses alternative readings of the text and prior commentaries and provides a detailed exegesis, constituting a systematic ...
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Ocean of Reasoning: A Great Commentary on Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika

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Overview


Tsong kha pa (14th-century) is arguably the most important and influential philosopher in Tibetan history. An Ocean of Reasoning is the most extensive and perhaps the deepest extant commentary on Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika (Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way), and it can be argued that it is impossible to discuss Nagarjuna's work in an informed way without consulting it. It discusses alternative readings of the text and prior commentaries and provides a detailed exegesis, constituting a systematic presentation of Madhyamaka Buddhist philosophy. Despite its central importance, however, of Tsong kha pa's three most important texts, only An Ocean of Reasoning remains untranslated, perhaps because it is both philosophically and linguistically challenging, demanding a rare combination of abilities on the part of a translator. Jay Garfield and Ngawang Samten bring the requisite skills to this difficult task, combining between them expertise in Western and Indian philosophy, and fluency in Tibetan, Sanskrit, and English. The resulting translation of this important text will not only be a landmark contribution to the scholarship of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, but will serve as a valuable companion volume to Jay Garfield's highly successful translation of The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195147322
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Pages: 632
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Tsong khapa's general outline of the text 3
Preliminary explanations 9
Homage verses 21
Ch. I Examination of conditions 45
Ch. II Examination of motion 101
Ch. III Examination of the senses 127
Ch. IV Examination of the aggregates 143
Ch. V Examination of the elements 151
Ch. VI Examination of desire and the desirous one 163
Ch. VII Examination of arising, enduring, and ceasing 175
Ch. VIII Examination of the agent and action 221
Ch. IX Examination of the prior entity 235
Ch. X Examination of fire and fuel 249
Ch. XI Examination of the beginning and end 265
Ch. XII Examination of suffering 279
Ch. XIII Examination of compounded phenomena 289
Ch. XIV Examination of contact 303
Ch. XV Examination of essence 313
Ch. XVI Examination of bondage 329
Ch. XVII Examination of action 345
Ch. XVIII Examination of the self and phenomena 369
Ch. XIX Examination of time 393
Ch. XX Examination of assemblage 405
Ch. XXI Examination of becoming and destruction 421
Ch. XXII Examination of the Tathagata 439
Ch. XXIII Examination of errors 453
Ch. XXIV Examination of the four noble truths 469
Ch. XXV Examination of nirvana 515
Ch. XXVI Examination of the twelve links of dependent origination 535
Ch. XXVII Examination of views 543
Prostration to the teacher in gratitude for his kindness in teaching 563
App. I Tibetan-English glossary
App. II English-Tibetan glossary
App. III English translations of works of Tsong khapa
App. IV Selected bibliography of works in English on Tsong khapa
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