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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: IDE066
Author: Theodore Stcherbatsky
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2018
ISBN: 9788120805910
Pages: 414
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9.0" X 6.0"
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 Hinayana1
Three phases in Budhism2
Madhyamaka Sastra : Life of Nagarjuna and Aryadeva 3
The Original Sources of Mahayana 7
The Madhyamaka Works and Schools11
The Madhyamaka Dialectic : Its Origin, Structure and Development14
Positive Contribution of Nagarjuna 20
Distinction between Hinayana and Mahayana22
Main features of Madhyamaka Philosohy

Mystic Intuition (Yogi-Pratyaksa)63
Buddha's belief in personal Immortality64
Was Buddha an Agnostic64
The Position of the later Schools of Hinayana 64
The Double Character of the Absolute65
The Vaibhasikas66
The Sautrantikas67
The Yogacaras67
The Madhyamikas68
The Doctrine of Causality in the Hinayana 69
The Doctrine of Relativity70
The Real Eternal Buddha70
The New Conception of Nirvana70
Is relativity itself reality?71
Parallel Developments in Buddhism and Brahmanism 72
European Parallels72
The Position of Nyaya-Vaisesika 73
A Treatise on Relativily76
Examination of Causality78
The Meaning of Pratitya-Samutpada78
The Meaning of this Term in Hinayana78
The Hinayanist Interpretation rejected79
The Opinion of Bhavaviveka refuted79
Bhavaviveka's Criticism Unsound 79
The Definition of the term by Bhavaviveka79
The Principle of Reality : The Law of all Pluralistic existence80
Causality Denied80
Identity of Cause and Effect Denied80
Bhavaviveka assails the Comment of Buddhapalita80
The First Objection of Bhavaviveka Answered81
The Second Point of Bhavaviveka Rejected81
The Madhyamika Method Explained Buddhapalita's Comment Vindicated from the Standpoint of Formal Logic81
The Answer of the Sankhya Virtually Repudiated by Buddhapalita82
Some Minor Points Explained82
The Third Stricture of Bhavaviveka Answered. The Denial of one View does not imply the Acceptance of the contrary82
Examination of Bhavaviveka's Formal Argument Against The Sankhya83
Bhavaviveka's Argument Assailed From the Standpoint of Formal Logic83
Another Attempt of Bhavaviveka to Vindicate His Argument83
Bhavaviveka Also Avails Himself of the Argument That for the Monist All Individual Existence is Unreal84
Another Formal Error in the Syllogism of Bhavaviveka85
The Madhyamika Repudiates His Opponent on Principles Admitted by Him85
Logical Refutation on The Basis of Facts Admitted By Only One Party85
Denial of Causality Through Separate Substance85
Combined Causality Denied86
No Pluralistic Universe Without Causation86
Causality Through The Will Of God86
Mahayana And Hinayana Contrasted86
The Direct And Indirect Meaning of Buddha's Words87
How Is The Moral Law To Be Vindicated in An Unreal World ?87
The Twelve Membered Causal Series Refers To the Phenomenal World88
Controversy About the Validity of Logic88
Controversy with The Buddhist Logician Continued89
Critique of the Notion of AN Absolute Particular Point-instant89
The Discussion About The Point-instant Resumed90
Is There A Cogniser ?91
Vindication of Phenomenal Reality91
The Definition of Sense Perception92
The Hinayana Theory of Causation Examined92
The Existence of Separate Energies Denied93
Causation Is Not Co-ordination93
The Cause-Condition94
The Object-A Condition of Mental Phenomena94
The Cause Materials Denied95
The Special Cause Also Denied

The Hinayanistic Nirvana Rejected96
The Mahayanistic Nirvana96
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 together98
Nor Is Nirvana A negation of Both Ens And Non-Ens Together99
The Real Buddha, What?99
Ultimate Identity of The Phenomenal And The Absolute99
The Antimonies99

Part II

Buddhism And Yoga2
Mystic Intuition (Yoga-Pratyaksa)18
Buddha's Belief In Personal Immoratality23
Was Buddha An Agnostic?24
The Position of The Later Schools of The Hinayana26
The Double Character of The Absolute30
The Vaibhasikas31
The Sautrantikas34
The Yogacaras36
The Madhyamikas41
The Doctrine of Causality In The Hinayana45
This Doctrine Modified In Mahayana47
The Doctrine of Relativity48
The Real Eternal Buddha Cognised In Mystic Intuition51
The New Conception of Nirvana53
Is Relativity Itself Relative ? Condemnation of All Logic For The Cognition of The Absolute57
Parallel Developments In Buddhism And Brahmanism59
European Parallels59
The Position of Nyaya-Vaisesika62
Nagarjuna's Treatise On Relativity72

Examination of Causality

Examination of Nirvana81
A Comment Upon Nagarjuna's Treatise On Relativity By Chandrakirti85
Examination of Causality87
The Meaning of Pratitya Samutpada According To The Author89
The Meaning Of This Term In Hinayana90
The Hinayanist Interpretation Rejected90
The Opinion Of Bhavaviveka91
Bhavaviveka's Criticism Of Buddhapalita's Comment92
The Definition Of The Term By Bhavaviveka93
The Principle Of Relativity The Law Of All Pluralistic Existence94
Causality Denied97
Identity Of Cause And Effect Denied98
Bhavaviveka Assails The Comment of Buddhapalita99
The First Objection Of Bhavavieka Answered99
The Second Point Of Bhavaviveka Viz. That The Answer Of The Sankhya Is Left Unnoticed By Buddhapalita, Rejected101
The Madhyamika Method Explained103
Buddhapalita's Comment Vindicated Form The Standpoint of Formal Logic104
The Answer Of The Sankhya Virtually Repudiated by Buddhapalita106
Some Minor Points Explained107
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 Sankhya111
Bhavaviveka's Argument Assailed Form The Standpoint Of Formal Logic113
Another Attempt Of Bhavaviveka To Vindicate His Argument114
Bhavaviveka Also Avails Himself Of The Argument The For The Monist All Individual Existence Is Unreal118
Another Formal Error In The Syllogism Of Bhavaviveka122
The Madhyamika Repudiates His Opponent On Priciples Admitted As Valid BY The Same Opponent123
Logical Reputation On The Basis Of Facts Admitted by Only One Party124
Denial Of Causality Through A Separate Substance125
Combined Causality Denied127
No Pluralistic Universe Without Causation127
Causality Through The Will Of God128
Mahayana And Hinayana Contrasted129
The Direct And Indirect Meaning Of Buddha's Words132
How Is The Moral Law To Be Vindicated In An Unreal World133
The Twelve Membered Causal Series Refers To The Phenomenal World140
Controversy About The Validity Of Logic142
Controversy With The Buddhist Logician Continued147
Critique Of The Notion Of An Absolute Particular Point-Instant150
The Discussion About The Point-Instant Resumed154
Is There A Cogniser156
Vindication Of Phenomenal Reality158
The Definition Of The Sense Perception165
The Hinayana Theory Of Causation Examined174
Existence of Separate Energies Denied177
Causation Is not co-ordination179
Cause Condition181
Object-a Condition of mental phenomena182
Cause materials denied184
Special cause denied186
Examination Of Nirvana193
Mahayanistic Nirvana, What?196
Nirvana not an Ens200
Nirvana a Non-Ens203
Nirvana is This World Viewed205
Nirvana not both Ens and non-Ens209
Nirvana not a negation of both Ens and non-Ens211
Real Buddha What?213
Ultimate Identity of the phenomenal and the Absolute215

Part III

       Madhyamaka Sastra of Nagarjuna
       Sanskrit Text With the Commentary
       Prasannapada of Acarya Candrakirti
Pratyaya pariksa1
Nirvana pariksa

Part IV

Index To The Introduction1
Index To Stcherbatsky's Text5
Index To Subjects17

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