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Echoes from an Empty Sky The Origins of the Buddhist Doctrine of the Two Truths

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ISBN-10: 1559392207

ISBN-13: 9781559392204

Edition: 2005

Authors: John B. Buescher

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The doctrine of the two truths--conventional and ultimate--evolved as early Buddhists struggled to reconcile apparent contradictions within the collected sayings of the Buddha. Understood as a teaching on reality as opposed to merely a linguistic distinction.
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

Introduction
Ancient Indian Speculation on Language and Reality
The Beginnings of Grammar
Philosophical and Religious Issues Connected to Grammar
Early Buddhist Views on Language, Truth, and Interpretation
Denying the Preeminence of Any Particular Language
Searching for the Final Doctrine
Collecting and Standardizing the Teaching
The Growth of the Abhidharma
The Buddha's Word
The Truth behind the Multitude of Forms
The Buddha's Ultimate Word and Ultimate Truth
Definitive Sutras and Those Whose Meaning Must Be Drawn Out
The Quest for Interpretive Clarity
Two Truths
Statements or Objects? Existent or Nonexistent?
Two Truths and Four Truths
The Vaibhasika School and the Two Truths
A Gelukpa Presentation of the Two Truths in the "Sravaka" Schools
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Notes
Index