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Overview

The work explores the historical and intellectual context of Tsongkhapa's philosophy and addresses the critical issues related to questions of development and originality in Tsongkhapa's thought. It also deals extensively with one of Tsongkhapa's primary concerns, namely his attempts to demonstrate that the Middle Way philosophy's de-constructive analysis does not negate the reality of the everyday world. The study's central focus, however, is the question of the existence and the nature of self. This is explored both in terms of Tsongkhapa's de-construction of the self and his re-construction of person. Finally, the work explores the concept of reality that emerges in Tsongkhapa's philosophy, and deals with his understanding of the relationship between critical reasoning, no-self, and religious experience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700712793
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism Series
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Technical Note
Bibliographical Abbreviations
List of Charts and Tables
Introduction
1. Context and Methodological Issues
The Historical contexts of Tsongkhapa's thought
Questions of originality and development in Tsongkhapa's Madhymaka philosophy
Textual sources for an exegesis of Tsongkhapa's Madhyamaka philosophy
Tsongkhapa's qualms about early Tibetan understandings of emptiness
2. Delineating the Parameters of Madhyamaka Reasoning
Tsongkhapa's reading of the four-cornered argument in Madhyamaka reasoning
Distinguishing between the domains of conventional and ultimate discourses
Two senses of 'ultimate' in the Madhyamaka dialectic
Identifying the object of negation
That which is 'not found' and what is 'negated'
A logical analysis of the forms of negation
Tsongkhapa's critique of autonomous reasoning
3. Tsongkhapa's Deconstruction of the Self
Levels of selfhood according to Tsongkhapa
Inadequacies of the Buddhist reductionist theory of no-self
The Madhyamaka seven-point analysis of self: A brief outline
An analysis of the concept of intrinsic existence
No-self as the emptiness of intrinsic existence
4. Personal Identity, Continuity, and the I-conciousness
Personal identity and the dependent origination
The nature of the I-counciousness
Individuality, continuity, and rebirth
The analogy of the chariot
5. No-Self, Truth, and the Middle Way
To exist is to exist in the conventional sense
Everyday reality is fiction-like
Beyond absolutism, nihilism, and relativism
No-self, reason, and soteriology
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Transliteration of Tibetan Names
Index
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