This volume collects important philosophical texts from across the Buddhist tradition. Each text is translated and introduced by a recognized authority in Buddhist studies.
The Buddhist philosophical tradition is vast, internally diverse, and comprises texts written in a variety of canonical languages. It is hence often difficult for those with training in Western philosophy who wish to approach this tradition for the first time to know where to start, and difficult for those who wish to introduce and teach courses in Buddhist philosophy to find suitable textbooks that adequately represent the diversity of the tradition, expose studentsto important primary texts in reliable translations, that contextualize those texts, and that foreground specifically philosophical issues. Buddhist Philosophy fills that lacuna. It collects important philosophical texts from each major Buddhist tradition. Each text is translated and introduced by a recognized authority in Buddhist studies. Each introduction sets the text in context and introduces the philosophical issues it addresses and arguments it presents, providing a useful and authoritative guide to reading and to teaching the text. The volume is organized into topical sections that reflect the way that Westernphilosophers think about the structure of the discipline, and each section is introduced by an essay explaining Buddhist approaches to that subject matter, and the place of the texts collected in that section in the enterprise. This volume is an ideal single text for an intermediate or advanced course in Buddhist philosophy, and makes this tradition immediately accessible to the philosopher or student versed in Western philosophy coming to Buddhism for the first time. It is also ideal for the scholar or student of Buddhist studies who is interested specifically in the philosophical dimensions of the Buddhist tradition.
Acknowledgments Table of Contents Introduction Part I: Metaphysics and Ontology 1. Theravada Metaphysics and Ontology: Kaccanagotta (Samyutta-nikaya) and Abhidhammatthasangaha Noa Ronkin 2. Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika (Fundamental Verses of the Middle Way): Chapter XXIV: Examination of the Four Noble Truths , Jay L. Garfield 3. Vasubandhu's Trisvabhavanirdenulla (Treatise on the Three Natures) , Jay L. Garfield 4. Santaraksita's "Neither-One-Nor-Many" Argument from The Ornament of the Middle Way (Madhyamakalamkara): A Classical Buddhist Argument on the Ontological Status of Phenomena , James Blumenthal 5. Mipam Namgyel: The Lion's Roar Affirming Extrinsic Emptiness , Matthew Kapstein 6. Dushun's Huayan Fajie Guan Men (Meditative Approaches to the Huayan Dharmadhatu) , Alan Fox 7. Dogen's "Mountains and Waters as Sutras" (Sansui-kyo) , Graham Parkes 8. Nishitani Keiji's "The Standpoint of Zen: Directly Pointing to the Mind" , Bret Davis Part II: Philosophy of Language and Hermeneutics 9. Sensation, Inference, and Language: Dignaga's Pramanasamuccaya , Richard Hayes 10. Jn?nagarbha's Verses on the Distinction Between the Two Truths , David Eckel 11. Language and the Ultimate: Do Madhyamikas Make Philosophical Claims? A Selection from Khedrupjey's Great Digest , Jose Cabezon 12. Zongmi's Inquiry into the Origin of the Human Condition (Yuanren lun): The Hermeneutics of Doctrinal Classification , Peter Gregory 13. Dogen's Shobogenzo Fascicles "Katto" and "Osakusendaba" , Steven Heine 14. Beyond Awareness: T?rei Enji's Understanding of Realization in the Treatise on the Inexhaustible Lamp of Zen, Chapter VI , Michel Mohr Part III: Epistemology 15. The approach to knowledge and truth in the Theravada record of the discourses of the Buddha , Peter Harvey 16. Dharmakirti and Dharmottara on the Intentionality of Perception: Selections from "An Epitome of Philosophy" (Nyayabindu) , Dan Arnold 17. The Role of Knowledge of Causation in Dharmakirti's Theory of Inference: The Pramana-varttika , Brendan Gillon 18. Yogacara Theories of the Components of Perception: The Buddhabhumy-upadenulla , Dan Lusthaus 19. Classification of Non-Authoritative Cognitive Processes (tshad min) in the Ngog and Sakya Traditions , Leonard W.J. van der Kuijp 20. Understanding the Two Truths: Tsongkhapa's Ocean of Reasoning: A Great Commentary on Nagarjuna's "Mulamadhyamakakarika" , Jay L. Garfield 21. The Deluded Mind as World and Truth: Epistemological Implications of Tiantai Doctrine and Praxis in Jingxi Zhanran's Jingangpi and Zhiguan yili , Brook Ziporyn 22. The Presencing of Truth: Dogen's Genjokoan , Bret Davis Part IV: Philosophy of Mind and the Person 23. Theravada Philosophy of Mind and the Person: Anatta-lakkhana Sutta, Maha-nidana Sutta, and Milindapa nha , Peter Harvey 24. Pudgalavada Doctrines of the Person , Dan Lusthaus 25. Vasubandhu's Abhidharmakonulla: The Critique of the Pudgalavadins' Theory of Persons , James Duerlinger 26. Vasubandhu's Abhidharma-ko?a: The Critique of the Soul , Charles Goodman 27. Candrakirti's Madhyamakavatarabhasya VI.86-97: A Madhyamaka Critique of Vijnanavada Views of Consciousness , C.W. Huntington, Jr. 28. nullantaraksita's Tattvasamgraha: A Buddhist Critique of the Nyaya View of the Self , Matthew Kapstein 29. Zhiyi's Great Calming and Contemplation: "Contemplating Mental Activity as the Inconceivable Realm" , Hans-Rudolph Kantor 30. "The Mind is Buddha": Pojo Chinul's Secrets on Cultivating the Mind , Jin Y. Park 31. Nishida's Conception of Person , Gereon Kopf Part V: Ethics 32. Theravada Texts on Ethics, Peter Harvey 33. The Bodhisattva Path: nullantideva's Bodhicaryavatara , William Edelglass 34. Asanga's Bodhisattvabhumi: The Morality Chapter , Gareth Sparham 35. Essentials of Observing and Violating Bodhisattva Precepts: Wonhyo's Non-Substantial Mahayana Ethics , Jin Y. Park 36. Thich Nhat Hanh's Interbeing: Fourteen Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism , William Edelglass 37. Joanna Macy: The Ecological Self , William Edelglass 38. Buddhist Feminist Reflections , Karma Lekshe Tsomo Contributors