Visions of Unity
The Golden Pandita Shakya Chokden's New Interpretation of Yogacara and Madhyamaka
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: State University of New York Press
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I want to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who directly or indirectly helped bring this book project to completion. First and foremost, I acknowledge my indebtedness to Shakya Chokden himself. Although this remarkable thinker lived five centuries ago, his life and ideas have been the focus of my research ...
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During the long history of growth, transformation, and spread of Buddhist traditions across various cultures of Asia, their followers developed a wide variety of worldviews, contemplative techniques, and ritual practices. Of special interest are the diversity of Buddhist ideas about reality and the methods ...
Chapter 1 - Life and Works of the Golden Paá¹á¸ita
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This chapter provides an historical and biographical background for the analysis of Shakya Chokdenâs philosophical views. Exploring this background is as crucial as exploring Shakya Chokdenâs interpretive writings themselves. As soon will become clear, although his thought tends to transcend the boundaries ...
Chapter 2 - The Intellectual Background of Shakya Chokden's Interpretation of YogÄcÄra and Madhyamaka
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In this chapter I address those elements in the intellectual history of MahÄyÄna Buddhism that facilitate a better understanding of Shakya Chokdenâs views. I start with the developments in the Madhyamaka and YogÄcÄra systems that anticipated the formation of his ideas. I then move to Shakya Chokdenâs own descriptions ...
Chapter 3 - Readjusting Rungs of the Ladder: Revisiting Doxographical Hierarchies
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This chapter focuses on key elements of Shakya Chokdenâs approach that are crucial for an in-depth understanding of his interpretation of YogÄcÄra and Madhyamaka. It places that interpretation within the broader context of Buddhist doxographical writings and provides a new perspective on philosophical classifications ...
Chapter 4 - Through Broken Boundaries to New Enclosures: Reconciling YogÄcÄra and Madhyamaka
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To put forward and defend his own unique structuring of MahÄyÄna tenets, Shakya Chokden advances on two different but interdependent fronts: reworking the subcategories of YogÄcÄra and reworking the subcategories of Madhyamaka, respectively. In the first case, he demonstrates clear differences between AlÄ«kÄkÄravÄda ...
Chapter 5 - Explorations in Empty Luminosity: Shakya Chokden's Position on Primordial Mind
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Whether we explore tantric teachings and meditative instructions, address the question of reality contested by MahÄyÄna thinkers, or analyze ultimate truth directly experienced in meditative equipoise, we will notice that one of the key themes saturating these issues is the nature, meaning, and status of mind ...
Conclusion: The Grand UnityâShakya Chokden's Middle Way
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The multiple strands of Shakya Chokdenâs thought explored in this study are all in some way related to its main topic: the nature and relationship of AlÄ«kÄkÄravÄda YogÄcÄra and Niá¸¥svabhÄvavÄda Madhyamaka. Against a background of different approachesâboth distancing and reconciliatoryâto the relationship of these two systems ...
Glossary of Buddhist Terms: English-Tibetan with Sanskrit parallels
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Spellings of Tibetan Names and Terms
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Page Count: 450
Illustrations: 3 tables
Publication Year: 2011