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    Ocean of Reasoning A Great Commentary on Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika

    ISBN-10: 0195147324
    ISBN-13: 9780195147322
    Author(s): Tsong Khapa, Geshe Ngawang Samten, Garfield
    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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    Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 632
    Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.75" tall
    Weight: 2.200
    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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