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Ornament of the Middle Way A Study of the Madhyamaka Thought of Santaraksita

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ISBN-10: 1559394307

ISBN-13: 9781559394307

Edition: 2014

Authors: James Blumenthal

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Shantarakshita's The Ornament of the Middle Way is among the most important Mahayana Buddhist philosophical treatises to emerge on the Indian subcontinent. In many respects, it represents the culmination of more than 1300 years of philosophical dialogue and inquiry since the time of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. Shantarakshita set forth the foundation of a syncretic approach to contemporary ideas by synthesizing the three major trends in Indian Buddhist thought at the time (the Madhyamaka thought of Nagarjuna, the Yogachara thought of Asanga, and the logical and epistemological thought of Dharmakirti) into one consistent and coherent system. Shantarakshitas's text is considered to be…    
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List price: $41.00
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 406
Size: 6.02" wide x 8.98" long x 0.91" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

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List of Abbreviations
Technical Note
Santaraksita's Writings
A Survey of the Literature
The Scope of the Study
Santaraksita's Yogacara-Madhyamaka Synthesis
Shifting Provisionalities in Madhyamakalamkara
Analysis of Texts and Arguments
The Text Title, Homage, and Introduction
The Neither-One-Nor-Many Argument: Demonstrating That Entities Have No Ultimate Inherent Nature
The Application of the Neither-One-Nor-Many Argument
Analysis of Objects
The Refutation of Unitary Objects Asserted by Non-Buddhists
The Refutation of Unitary Objects Asserted by Buddhist Schools
The Refutation of Unitary Persons
The Refutation of Unitary Pervasive Entities
The Refutation of Gross, Unitary Entities
The Refutation of Unitary, Partless Particles
Analysis of Subjects
Analysis of Mind, Us Objects, and Its Means of Perception As Asserted in Other Buddhist Systems
Self-Cognizing Cognition (svasamvedana, rang rig), External Objects, and Images
Critique of an Epistemology Asserting Valid Cognition of True Images (satyakara) External to Consciousness
Analysis of Mind, Its Objects, and Its Means of Perception As Asserted in Non-Buddhist Systems
Critiques of Views Maintaining Unitary Consciousness
Analysis of Mind, Its Objects, and Its Means of Perception As Asserted in Other Buddhist Systems (Cont.)
Further Critiques of Views Maintaining a Unitary Consciousness
Critiquing the Yogacara Views
Yogacara Proponents of True Images
Yogacara Proponents of False Images
Wrapping Up the Neither-One-Nor-Many Argument: Demonstrating That Phenomena Lack a Manifold Nature
Establishing the Pervasion: Entities Have No Nature At All
Examination of Conventional Truths
Refutation of Dissenting Arguments
Yogacara-Madhyamaka Synthesis
An Analysis of the Geluk Interpretation, Representation, and Criticism of the Yogacara-Svatantrika-Madhyamaka and the Madhayamaka Thought of Santaraksita
Geluk Hermeneutics and Santaraksita
Path System Discrepancies: The Status of Hinayana Arhats
Geluk Presentation and Critique of Santaraksita's Positions
Critical Analysis of the Geluk Presentation: What Santaraksita Has to Say
Autonomous Inferences (Svantantranumana)
The Geluk Critique
Santaraksita's Arguments on the Use of Autonomous Inferences
The Two Truths
Geluk Presentation of the Two Truths According to the Yogacara-Svatantrika-Madhyamaka System
Santaraksita's View
Self-Cognizing Cognition
Concluding Remarks
The Ornament of the Middle Way
Remembering "The Ornament of the Middle Way"
Outline of Topics in Madhyamakalamkara Based on Divisions Cited in Gyel-tsab's Commentary
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dbU ma rgyan gyi brjed byang (Tibetan Text)