Author: C W Huntington, Jr.Geshe Namgyal Wangchen/Publisher: Motilal BanarsidassYear: 2007Language: EnglishPages: 287ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788120808140
The Madhyamika or middle way, a school of Buddhist thought that originated in India in the second century, was a decisive influence on the subsequent development of Mahayana Buddhism. In a new approach, this book reconsiders the central doctrine of emptiness and shows that the Madhyamika critique of all philosophical views is both subtler and more radical than most western interpretations indicate. Building on earlier research into Sanskrit and Tibetan sources, the present work also examines the assumptions that have governed the study of Asian soteriological philosophy. In assessing the philosophical significance of the Madhyamika, the author demonstrates that the thrust toward an elf-critical awareness of methodological presuppositions lies at the very heart of early Indian Madhyamika.In this analysis, the self-deconstructing categories of Nagarjuna and his immediate followers emerge as an edifying philosophy that may have a great deal to offer to discussion to the related problems of objectivity and relativism – issues crucial to current philosophical conversation in the West.The volume also contains the first complete English translation of Candrakiriti’s Madhyamakavatara (The Entry into the Middle Way), with extensive and text-critical notes.
PrefaceAcknowledgmentsPART ONE: CANDRAKIRTI AND EARLY INDIAN MADHYAMIKA1. Methodological Considerations2. Candrakirti’s Historical and Doctrinal Context3. The Philosophical Language of the Madhyamika4. The Ten Perfections of the Bodhisattva Path5. The Emptiness of Emptiness: Philosophy As PropagandaPART TWO: THE ENTRY INTO THE MIDDLE WAYSources for the Translation1. The Joyous2. The Immaculate3. The Luminous4. The Radiant5. The Unconquerable6. The Directly Facing7. The Far Advanced8. The Immovable9. The Unerring Intellect10. The Cloud of DharmaConclusionEpilogue NotesBibliographyIndex