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A MILLENNIUM OF BUDDHIST LOGIC

A MILLENNIUM OF BUDDHIST LOGIC
$35.00
Item Code: IDC248
Author: Alex Wayman
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 1999
ISBN: 8120816463
Pages: 376
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.5
About the Book:

This is Volume One of Texts (from Sanskrit and Tibetan sources) of the two planned volumes on Buddhist Ligic (the second volume to be on topics and opponents). This first volume is in two parts: Part I (Introductory) has Asanga's Rule of Debate, Dharmakirti's Nyayabindu with Kamalasila's commentary, and Santi-pa's treatise on 'inner pervasion. Part II, devoted to the Dignaga-Dharmakirti system, has five sets of eleven verses, then a study of Bu-Ston's commentary on Dharmakirti's Pramanaviniscaya, and finally Tsong-kha-pa's Mun sel on the Seven Books of Dharmakirti. The 'Millennium' goes from Asanga to Tsongkha-pa. The texts here included began to be translated in the 1970s, and were brought to their present condition in the 1990s. Doubtless the present volume took longer than originally anticipated, and hopefully this published result will compensate for the many years of delay.

About the Author:

ALEX WAYMAN became Professor of Sanskrit at Columbia University in 1967 and has the title Professor Emeritus of Sanskrit, effective July 1991. His awards include the honorary D. Litt. at Nalanda University, India (April, 1978), and a work in his honor Researches in Indian and Buddhist Philosophy (Delhi, 1993). He published in Japan, 1994, his main contribution to Sanskrit per se, a translation of the Visvalocana lexicon. He is well-known for his publications in non-tantric and Tantric Buddhism, using the Sanskrit and Tibetan languages, his stream of books and articles now over a hundred and fifty. Showing he will complete as promised, he presents here the first of two volumes on Buddhist logic.

Illustration for Dust Jacket:

Tibetan 'chams dancer in Gelugpa tradition (from the F.D. Lessing collection). Here, depicting Vaisravana in the role of a wealth deity and a Dharmapala (protector of Buddhism). In his right hand, a symbol of the Buddhist three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha); in his left hand, a symbol of the wish-granting jewel. Just as in debate there are two sides, with expected rewards.

CONTENTS

Foreword
Preface
Prologue
Introduction
Abbreviations

PART I: INTRODUCTORY TEXTS

Asanga's Rules of Debate (Sanskrit-English)

    The Debate in itself
    Setting of the Debate
    Foundation of the Debate
    The Debate's Ornament
    Points of Defeat in the Debate
    Decision Whether to Undertake the Debate
    Attributes of Much Utility in the Debate
Introduction to Dharmakirti's Nyayabindu and Kamalasila's Nyayabindupurvapaksasamksipti

Dharmakirti's Nyayabindu (Sanskrit-English)

    Pratyaksa (Direct Perception)
    Svarthanumana (Inference for Oneself)
    Pararthanumana (Inference for Others)
Kamalasila's Nyayabindupurvapaksasamksipti (NB-PPS)
    Adversaries of Direct Perception
    Adversaries of Inference for Oneself
    Adversaries of Inference for Others
Antarvyaptisamarthana of Ratnakarasanti
    Paragraphs 1-10
    Paragraphs 11-16

PART II: THE DIGNAGA-DHARMAKIRTI SYSTEM

Introduction to the Dignaga-Dharmakirti system by the 'Elevens'

    PS-Prat, First Eleven Verses
    PV-Sid, First Eleven Verses
    PV-Prat, First Eleven Verses
    PV-Sva, First Eleven Verses
    PV-Par, First Eleven Verses
Analysis of P-Vin-Bu
    Pratyaksa (Direct Perception)
    Svarthanumana (Inference for Oneself)
    Pararthanumana (Inference for Others)
Tsong-kha-pa's Guided Tour Through the Seven Books of Dharmakirti
    Object
    Subject
    Means of Understanding the Object
Bibliography

Index

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