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Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies

Illuminating Emptiness in a Twentieth-Century Tibetan Buddhist Classic

Bötrül, Douglas Samuel Duckworth

Publication Year: 2011

An annotated translation of an essential work of twentieth-century Tibetan Buddhist thought, one that explicates teachings on the Middle Way. his is an essential work of Tibetan Buddhist thought written by an influential scholar of the twentieth century. From the same Nyingma school as the great Tibetan philosopher Mipam, Botrul in this text provides a systematic overview of Mipam’s teachings on the Middle Way. Presenting the Nyingma tradition within a rich constellation of diverse perspectives, Botrul contrasts Nyingma views point-by-point with positions held by other Tibetan schools. Botrul’s work addresses a wide range of complex topics in Buddhist doctrine in a beautifully structured composition in verse and prose. Notably, Botrul sheds light on the elusive meaning of “emptiness” and presents an interpretation that is unique to his Nyingma school. Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies exemplifies the vigorous tradition of Tibetan Buddhist scholarship and is widely studied in the contemporary monastic colleges of Tibet, India, and Nepal. Douglas Samuel Duckworth’s translation will make this work widely available in English for the first time, and his thoughtful commentary will provide insight and context for readers.

Published by: State University of New York Press


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Title Page

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pp. i-iv


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pp. v-v

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Translator’s Introduction

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pp. 1-26

Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies brings to light a number of significant philosophical and doctrinal issues in the Nyingma (rnying ma) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. In this text, Bötrül (bod sprul mdo sngags bstan pa’i nyi ma, 1898–1959) lays out a systematic exposition of Mipam’s (’ju mi pham rgya mtsho, 1846–1912) voluminous writings on the Middle Way...

Verses of Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies: A Lamp of Essential Points

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pp. 27-77

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Ornament of Mañjughoƒa’s Viewpoint: An Explanation of the Words and Meanings of Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies

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pp. 79-286

Herein lies all the oceans of viewpoints within the doctrines of Sutra and Mantra, which are the precious teachings of the guide who is a lion among men. This is an elucidation of the distinctive views and philosophies in accord with the way the masterly scholars of Tibet such as the three...


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pp. 287-297


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pp. 299-322


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pp. 323-331


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pp. 333-340

E-ISBN-13: 9781438434391
E-ISBN-10: 1438434391
Print-ISBN-13: 9781438434377
Print-ISBN-10: 1438434375

Page Count: 352
Illustrations: 2 b/w photographs, 1 table
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: 1

OCLC Number: 733048559
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