Self, Reality and Reason in Tibetan Philosophy : Tsongkhapa's Quest for the Middle Way (Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism)


Self, Reality and Reason in Tibetan Philosophy : Tsongkhapa's Quest for the Middle Way (Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 264 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780700712793
  • DDC分類 294.3923


New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2002. Reconstructs and appropriates in contemporary language the Middle Way (Madhyamaka) philosophy of Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), arguably Tibet's greatest philosopher.

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The work explores the historical and intellectual context of Tsongkhapa's philosophy and addresses the critical issues related to questions of development and originality in Tsongkhapa's thought. It also deals extensively with one of Tsongkhapa's primary concerns, namely his attempts to demonstrate that the Middle Way philosophy's deconstructive analysis does not negate the reality of the everyday world. The study's central focus, however, is the question of the existence and the nature of self. This is explored both in terms of Tsongkhapa's deconstruction of the self and his reconstruction of person. Finally, the work explores the concept of reality that emerges in Tsongkhapa's philosophy, and deals with his understanding of the relationship between critical reasoning, no-self, and religious experience.


Methodological issues: problems of interpretation in Tsongkhapa studies; questions of "development" and "originality" in Tsongkhapa's thought; textual sources. Contexts of Tsongkhapa's thought: historical contexts of Tsongkhapa's "middle view"; qualms about early Tibetan interpretations of the "middle view"; Tsongkhapa's key religious and philosophical concerns; central elements of Tsongkhapa's philosophical method. Delineating reason's scope for negation: Tsongkhapa's reading of Madhyamaka's tetralemma logic; discerning the domains of "conventional" and "ultimate" discourses; identifying the object of negation in Madhyamaka dialectics; logical analysis of the forms of negation; the primacy of the "reductio" and "absurdam" method. Tsongkhapa's deconstruction of the "self": levels of self-hood according to Tsongkhapa; inadequacies of the Buddhist reductionist theory of "no-self"; the concept of intrinsic being; negation of intrinsic being as "no-self". Personal identity, continuity and "I"-consciousness: personal identity and dependent origination; the nature of "I"-consciousness; individuality and continuity; the chariot analogy. "No-self", truth and the "middle way": "to exist is to exist on the conventional level"; everyday reality as fiction-like; beyond absolutism, nihilism and relativism; "no-self", reason and soeriology.