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The Conception of Buddhist Nirvana (With Sanskrit Text of Madhyamaka-Karika)

The Conception of Buddhist Nirvana (With Sanskrit Text of Madhyamaka-Karika)


Item Code: IDC170

by Theodore Stcherbatsky

Hardcover (Edition: 2003)

Motilal Banarsidass Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN 81-208-0529-1

Language: English
Size: 9.0" X 6.0"
Pages: 414
Price: $31.50
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From the Jacket:

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 its 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 Original Sanskrit.

Abut 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 I



Mahayana and Hinayana 1
Three phases in Budhism 2
Madhyamaka Sastra : Life of Nagarjuna and Aryadeva 3
The Original Sources of Mahayana 7
The Madhyamaka Works and Schools 11
The Madhyamaka Dialectic : Its Origin, Structure and Development 14
Positive Contribution of Nagarjuna 20
Distinction between Hinayana and Mahayana 22
Main features of Madhyamaka Philosohy
Preliminary 61
Mystic Intuition (Yogi-Pratyaksa) 63
Buddha's belief in personal Immortality 64
Was Buddha an Agnostic 64
The Position of the later Schools of Hinayana 64
The Double Character of the Absolute 65
The Vaibhasikas 66
The Sautrantikas 67
The Yogacaras 67
The Madhyamikas 68
The Doctrine of Causality in the Hinayana 69
The Doctrine of Relativity 70
The Real Eternal Buddha 70
The New Conception of Nirvana 70
Is relativity itself reality? 71
Parallel Developments in Buddhism and Brahmanism 72
European Parallels 72
The Position of Nyaya-Vaisesika 73
Conclusion 75
A Treatise on Relativily 76
Prefatory 78
Examination of Causality 78
Preliminary 78
The Meaning of Pratitya-Samutpada 78
The Meaning of this Term in Hinayana 78
The Hinayanist Interpretation rejected 79
The Opinion of Bhavaviveka refuted 79
Bhavaviveka's Criticism Unsound 79
The Definition of the term by Bhavaviveka 79
The Principle of Reality : The Law of all Pluralistic existence 80
Causality Denied 80
Identity of Cause and Effect Denied 80
Bhavaviveka assails the Comment of Buddhapalita 80
The First Objection of Bhavaviveka Answered 81
The Second Point of Bhavaviveka Rejected 81
The Madhyamika Method Explained Buddhapalita's Comment Vindicated from the Standpoint of Formal Logic 81
The Answer of the Sankhya Virtually Repudiated by Buddhapalita 82
Some Minor Points Explained 82
The Third Stricture of Bhavaviveka Answered. The Denial of one View does not imply the Acceptance of the contrary 82
Examination of Bhavaviveka's Formal Argument Against The Sankhya 83
Bhavaviveka's Argument Assailed From the Standpoint of Formal Logic 83
Another Attempt of Bhavaviveka to Vindicate His Argument 83
Bhavaviveka Also Avails Himself of the Argument That for the Monist All Individual Existence is Unreal 84
Another Formal Error in the Syllogism of Bhavaviveka 85
The Madhyamika Repudiates His Opponent on Principles Admitted by Him 85
Logical Refutation on The Basis of Facts Admitted By Only One Party 85
Denial of Causality Through Separate Substance 85
Combined Causality Denied 86
No Pluralistic Universe Without Causation 86
Causality Through The Will Of God 86
Mahayana And Hinayana Contrasted 86
The Direct And Indirect Meaning of Buddha's Words 87
How Is The Moral Law To Be Vindicated in An Unreal World ? 87
The Twelve Membered Causal Series Refers To the Phenomenal World 88
Controversy About the Validity of Logic 88
Controversy with The Buddhist Logician Continued 89
Critique of the Notion of AN Absolute Particular Point-instant 89
Introspection 90
The Discussion About The Point-instant Resumed 90
Is There A Cogniser ? 91
Vindication of Phenomenal Reality 91
The Definition of Sense Perception 92
The Hinayana Theory of Causation Examined 92
The Existence of Separate Energies Denied 93
Causation Is Not Co-ordination 93
The Cause-Condition 94
The Object-A Condition of Mental Phenomena 94
The Cause Materials Denied 95
The Special Cause Also Denied


The Hinayanistic Nirvana Rejected 96
The Mahayanistic Nirvana 96
Nirvana Not As Ens (a particular existing entity) 97
Nirvana is not Non-Ens (non-existing entity) 97
Nirvana Is The World Viewed Sub specie Aeternitatis 98
Nirvana Is Not Both Ens And Non-Ens together 98
Nor Is Nirvana A negation of Both Ens And Non-Ens Together 99
The Real Buddha, What? 99
Ultimate Identity of The Phenomenal And The Absolute 99
The Antimonies 99


Part II


Preliminary 1
Buddhism And Yoga 2
Mystic Intuition (Yoga-Pratyaksa) 18
Buddha's Belief In Personal Immoratality 23
Was Buddha An Agnostic? 24
The Position of The Later Schools of The Hinayana 26
The Double Character of The Absolute 30
The Vaibhasikas 31
The Sautrantikas 34
The Yogacaras 36
The Madhyamikas 41
The Doctrine of Causality In The Hinayana 45
This Doctrine Modified In Mahayana 47
The Doctrine of Relativity 48
The Real Eternal Buddha Cognised In Mystic Intuition 51
The New Conception of Nirvana 53
Is Relativity Itself Relative ? Condemnation of All Logic For The Cognition of The Absolute 57
Parallel Developments In Buddhism And Brahmanism 59
European Parallels 59
The Position of Nyaya-Vaisesika 62
Conclusion 69
Nagarjuna's Treatise On Relativity 72
Prefatory 72


Examination of Causality


Examination of Nirvana 81
A Comment Upon Nagarjuna's Treatise On Relativity By Chandrakirti 85
Examination of Causality 87
Preliminary 87
The Meaning of Pratitya Samutpada According To The Author 89
The Meaning Of This Term In Hinayana 90
The Hinayanist Interpretation Rejected 90
The Opinion Of Bhavaviveka 91
Bhavaviveka's Criticism Of Buddhapalita's Comment 92
The Definition Of The Term By Bhavaviveka 93
The Principle Of Relativity The Law Of All Pluralistic Existence 94
Causality Denied 97
Identity Of Cause And Effect Denied 98
Bhavaviveka Assails The Comment of Buddhapalita 99
The First Objection Of Bhavavieka Answered 99
The Second Point Of Bhavaviveka Viz. That The Answer Of The Sankhya Is Left Unnoticed By Buddhapalita, Rejected 101
The Madhyamika Method Explained 103
Buddhapalita's Comment Vindicated Form The Standpoint of Formal Logic 104
The Answer Of The Sankhya Virtually Repudiated by Buddhapalita 106
Some Minor Points Explained 107
The Third Stricture of Bhavaviveka Answered The Denial Of One View Does Not Imply The Acceptance Of the Other 108
Examination Of the Bhavaviveka's Formal Argument Against the Sankhya 111
Bhavaviveka's Argument Assailed Form The Standpoint Of Formal Logic 113
Another Attempt Of Bhavaviveka To Vindicate His Argument 114
Bhavaviveka Also Avails Himself Of The Argument The For The Monist All Individual Existence Is Unreal 118
Another Formal Error In The Syllogism Of Bhavaviveka 122
The Madhyamika Repudiates His Opponent On Priciples Admitted As Valid BY The Same Opponent 123
Logical Reputation On The Basis Of Facts Admitted by Only One Party 124
Denial Of Causality Through A Separate Substance 125
Combined Causality Denied 127
No Pluralistic Universe Without Causation 127
Causality Through The Will Of God 128
Mahayana And Hinayana Contrasted 129
The Direct And Indirect Meaning Of Buddha's Words 132
How Is The Moral Law To Be Vindicated In An Unreal World 133
The Twelve Membered Causal Series Refers To The Phenomenal World 140
Controversy About The Validity Of Logic 142
Controversy With The Buddhist Logician Continued 147
Critique Of The Notion Of An Absolute Particular Point-Instant 150
Introspection 152
The Discussion About The Point-Instant Resumed 154
Is There A Cogniser 156
Vindication Of Phenomenal Reality 158
The Definition Of The Sense Perception 165
The Hinayana Theory Of Causation Examined 174
Existence of Separate Energies Denied 177
Causation Is not co-ordination 179
Cause Condition 181
Object-a Condition of mental phenomena 182
Cause materials denied 184
Special cause denied 186
Examination Of Nirvana 193
Mahayanistic Nirvana, What? 196
Nirvana not an Ens 200
Nirvana a Non-Ens 203
Nirvana is This World Viewed 205
Nirvana not both Ens and non-Ens 209
Nirvana not a negation of both Ens and non-Ens 211
Real Buddha What? 213
Ultimate Identity of the phenomenal and the Absolute 215
Antinomies 215


Part III


       Madhyamaka Sastra of Nagarjuna
       Sanskrit Text With the Commentary
       Prasannapada of Acarya Candrakirti
Pratyaya pariksa 1
Nirvana pariksa


Part IV


Index To The Introduction 1
Index To Stcherbatsky's Text 5
Index To Subjects 17

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