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Ocean of Reasoning A Great Commentary on Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika

ISBN-10: 0195147324
ISBN-13: 9780195147322
Edition: 2005
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/20/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 632
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

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 detailedexegesis, 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 rarecombination 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 TheFundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way.

Tsong khapa's general outline of the text
Preliminary explanations
Homage verses
Examination of conditions
Examination of motion
Examination of the senses
Examination of the aggregates
Examination of the elements
Examination of desire and the desirous one
Examination of arising, enduring, and ceasing
Examination of the agent and action
Examination of the prior entity
Examination of fire and fuel
Examination of the beginning and end
Examination of suffering
Examination of compounded phenomena
Examination of contact
Examination of essence
Examination of bondage
Examination of action
Examination of the self and phenomena
Examination of time
Examination of assemblage
Examination of becoming and destruction
Examination of the Tathagata
Examination of errors
Examination of the four noble truths
Examination of nirvana
Examination of the twelve links of dependent origination
Examination of views
Prostration to the teacher in gratitude for his kindness in teaching
Tibetan-English glossary
English-Tibetan glossary
English translations of works of Tsong khapa
Selected bibliography of works in English on Tsong khapa

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