Author: Theodore StcherbatskyEditor(s): Jaideva SinghPublisher: Motilal BanarsidassYear: 2003Language: EnglishPages: 315ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120805291
The Conception of Buddhist Nirvana provides an English translation of Nagarjuna’s chapters on Causality and Nirvana and Chandrakirti’s comprehensive commentary on the Sanskrit Text and presents a rare exposition of the Madhyamaka Dialectic. The book is edited by Jaideva Singh with an exhaustive introduction, containing the historical background of the Madhyamaka philosophy, a lucid exposition of it merciless logic, an admirable presentation of its uncanny metaphysics and a systematic account of its soteriology and Buddhology. The editor has also provided an Analysis of contents and has added those portions of the text and the Sanskrit commentary on the basis of which Stcherbatsky wrote out his book. This will enable the reader to make a comparative study of Stcherbatsky’s version with the original Sanskrit.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:THEODORE STCHERBATSKY (1866-1942) one of the pioneering scholars of Buddhist Studies who wrote, edited and translated several works like – Nyayabindu, Abhisamayalamkara Prajnaparamitopadesa Sastra, Buddhist Logic (2 Vols.), The Central Conception of Buddhism, Erkenntnistheorie and Logic, nqch der Lehre der Spateren Buddhisten and so on and so forth.
PART IINTRODUCTIONMahayana and Hinayana Three phases in BuddhismMadhyamaka Sastra: Life of Nagarjuna and AryadevaThe Original Sources of MahayanaThe Madhyamaka Works and SchoolsThe Madhyamaka Dialectic: Its Origin, Structure and DevelopmentPositive Contribution of NagarjunaDistinction between Hinayana and MahayanaMain features of Madhyamaka PhilosophyAnalysis of ContentsPreliminaryMystic Intuition (Yogi-Pratyaksa)Buddha’s belief inj personal ImmortalityWas Buddha an AgnosticThe Position of the later Schools of HinayanaThe Double Character of the AbsoluteThe VaibhasikasThe SautrantikasThe YogacarasThe MadhyamikasThe Doctrine of Causality in the HinayanaThe Doctrine of RelativityThe Real Eternal BuddhaThe New Conception of NirvanaIs relativity itself reality?Parallel Developments in Buddhism and BrahmanismEuropean ParallelsThe Position of Nyaya-VaisesikaConclusionA Treatise on RelativityPrefatoryExamination of CausalityPreliminaryThe Meaning of Pratitya-SamutpadaThe Meaning of this Term in HinayanaThe Hinayanist Interpretation rejectedThe Opinion of Bhavaviveka refutedBhavaviveka’s Criticism UnsoundThe Definition of the term by BhavavivekaThe Principle of Reality: The Law of all Pluralistic existenceCausality DeniedIdentity of Cause and Effect DeniedBhavaviveka assails the Comment of BuddhapalitaThe First Objection of Bhavaviveka AnsweredThe Second Point of Bhavaviveka RejectedThe Madhyamika Method ExplainedBuddhapalita’s Comment Vindicated from the Standpoint of Formal LogicThe Answer of the Sankhya Virtually Repudiated by BuddhapalitaSome Minor Points ExplainedThe Third Stricture of Bhavaviveka Answered. The Denial of one View does not imply the Acceptance of the contraryExamination of Bhavaviveka’s Formal Argument Against The SankhyaBhavaviveka’s Argument Assailed From the Standpoint of Formal LogicAnother Attempt of Bhavaviveka to Vindicate His ArgumentBhavaviveka Also Avails Himself of the Argument That for the Monist All Individual Existence is UnrealAnother Formal Error in the Syllogism of BhavavivekaThe Madhyamika Repudiates His Opponent on Principles Admitted by HimLogical Refutation on The Basis of Facts Admitted By Only One PartyDenial of Causality Through Separate SubstanceCombined Causality DeniedNo Pluralistic Universe Without CausationCausality Through The Will Of GodMahayana And Hinayana ContrastedThe Direct And Indirect Meaning of Buddha’s WordsHow Is The Moral Law To be Vindicated in An Unreal World?The Twelve Membered Causal Series Refers To the Phenomenal WorldControversy About the Validity of LogicControversy with The Buddhist Logician ContinuedCritique of the Notion of An Absolute Particular Point-instantIntrospectionThe Discussion About The Point-instant ResumedIs There A Cogniser?Vindication of Phenomenal RealityThe Definition of Sense PerceptionThe Hinayana Theory of Causation ExaminedThe Existence of Separate Energies DeniedCausation Is Not Co-ordinationThe Cause-ConditionThe Object – A Condition of Mental PhenomenaThe Cause Materials DeniedThe Special Cause Also DeniedExamination of NirvanaThe Hinayanistic Nirvana RejectedThe Mahayanistic NirvanaNirvana Not An Ens (a particular existing entity)Nirvana is not Non-Ens (non-existing entity)Nirvana Is The World Viewed Sub specie AeternitatisNirvana Is Not Both Ens And Non-Ens togetherNor Is Nirvana A negation of Both Ens And Non-Ens TogetherThe Real Buddha, What?Ultimate Identity of The Phenomenal And The AbsoluteThe AntimoniesConclusionPART IIPreliminaryBuddhism And YogaMystic Intuition (Yoga-Pratyaksa)Buddha’s Belief In Personal ImmortalityWas Buddha An Agnostic?The Position of The Later Schools of The HinayanaThe Double Character of The AbsoluteThe VaibhasikasThe SautrantikasThe YogacarasThe MadhyamikasThe Doctrine of Causality In The HinayanaThis Doctrine Modified In MahayanaThe Doctrine of RelativityThe Real Eternal Buddha Cognised In Mystic IntuitionThe New Conception Of NirvanaIs Relativity Itself Relative? Condemnation of All Logic For The Cognition Of The AbsoluteParallel Developments In Buddhism And BrahmanismEuropean ParallelsThe Position Of Nyaya-VaisesikaConclusionAppendixNagarjuna’s Treatise On RelativityPrefatoryDedicationChapter IExamination Of CausalityChapter XXVExamination Of NirvanaA Comment Upon Nagarjuna’s Treatise On Relativity By ChandrakirtiExamination Of CausalityPreliminaryThe Meaning Of Pratitya Samutpada According To The AuthorThe Meaning Of This Term In HinayanaThe Hinayanist Interpretation RejectedThe Opinion Of BhavavivekaBhavaviveka’s Criticism Of Buddhapalita’s CommentThe Definition Of The Term By BhavavivekaThe Principle Of Relativity The Law Of All Pluralistic ExistenceCausality DeniedIdentity Of Cause And Effect DeniedBhavaviveka Assails The Comment Of BuddhapalitaThe First Objection Of Bhavaviveka AnsweredThe Second Point Of Bhavaviveka Viz. That The Answer Of The Sankhya Is Left Unnoticed By Buddhapalita, RejectedThe Madhyamika Method ExplainedBuddhapalita’s Comment Vindicated From The Standpoint of Formal LogicThe Answer Of The Sankhya Virtually Repudiated by BuddhapalitaSome Minor Points ExplainedThe Third Stricture Of Bhavaviveka Answered The Denial Of One View Does Not Imply The Acceptance Of The OtherExamination Of the Bhavaviveka’s Formal Argument Against the SankhyaBhavaviveka’s Argument Assailed Form The Standpoint Of Formal LogicAnother Attempt Of Bhavaviveka To Vindicate His ArgumentBhavaviveka Also Avails Himself Of The Argument That For The Monist All Individual Existence Is UnrealAnother Formal Error In The Syllogism Of BhavavivekaThe Madhyamika Repudiates His Opponent On Principles Admitted As Valid By The Same OpponentLogical Reputation On The Basis Of Facts Admitted by Only One PartyDenial Of Causality Through A Separate SubstanceCombined Casuality DeniedNo Pluralistic Universe Without CausationCausality Through The Will Of GodMahayana And Hinayana ContrastedThe Direct And Indirect Meaning Of Buddha’s WordsHow Is The Moral Law To Be vindicated In An Unreal WorldThe Twelve Membered Causal Series Refers To The Phenomenal WorldControversy About The Validity Of LogicControversy With The Buddhist Logician ContinuedCritique Of The Notion Of An Absolute Particular Point-InstantIntrospectionThe Discussion About The Point-Instant ResumedIs There A CogniserVindication Of Phenomenal RealityThe Definition Of The Sense PerceptionThe Hinayana Theory Of Causation ExaminedExistence of Separate Energies DeniedCausation Is not co-ordinationCause conditionObject – a Condition of mental phenomenaCause materials deniedSpecial cause deniedExamination Of NirvanaMahayanistic Nirvana, What?Nirvana not an EnsNirvana a Non-EnsNirvana is This World ViewedNirvana not both Ens and non-EnsNirvana not a negation of both Ens and non-EnsReal Buddha What?Ultimate Identity of the phenomenal and the AbsoluteAntinomiesConclusionPART IIIMadhyamaka Sastra of Nagarjuna Sanskrit Text With the Commentary Prasannapada of Acarya CandrakirtiPratyaya PariksaNirvana PariksaPART IVIndex To The IntroductionIndex To Stcherbatsky’s TextIndex To Subjects