Tibetan philosophy

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References and further reading

  • Cabezón, J. (1994) Buddhism and Language: A Study of Indo-Tibetan Scholasticism, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

    (A relatively nontechnical introduction to epistemological issues.)

  • dPa’ bo gtsug lag phreng ba (16th century) mKhas pa’i dga’ ston (Feast for Scholars), ed. rDo rje rGyal po, Beijing: Minzu chubanshe, 1986.

    (Cited in §3; the full title is Dam pa’i chos kyi ’khor lo bsgyur ba rnams kyi byung ba gsal bar byed pa mkhas pa’i dga’ ston.)

  • Dreyfus, G. (1997) Recognizing Reality. Dharmakīrti’s Philosophy and its Tibetan Interpretations, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

    (Detailed discussion of Sa-skya-pa versus dGe-lugs-pa debates on epistemology.)

  • gNubs chen Sangs rgyas ye shes (10th century) bSam gtan mig sgron (Lamp for the Eye of Meditative Absorption), Smanrtsis Sherig Spendzod Series 74, Leh, India: N. Topgyal, 1974.

    (Cited in §3; excerpts are discussed in Karmay 1988. The full title is sGom gyi gnad gsal bar phye ba bsam gtan mig sgron.)

  • Gomez, L.O. (1983) ‘Indian Materials on the Doctrine of Sudden Enlightenment’, in W. Lai and L.R. Lancaster (eds) Early Ch’an in China and Tibet, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 393–434.

    (The bSam-yas debate and the role of Indian ‘Subitists’ such as Vimalamitra.)

  • Jackson, D.P. (1987) The Entrance Gate for the Wise, Vienna: Arbeitskreis für Tibetische und Buddhistische Studien.

    (Detailed information on Sa skya Paṇḍita and his tradition.)

  • Jackson, D.P. (1994) Enlightenment by a Single Means: Tibetan Controversies on The ‘Self-Sufficient White Remedy’ (dkar po chig thub), Vienna: Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.

    (Expands upon the discussion in §3 about the continuation of themes from the Great Debate into certain bKa’-brgyud-pa schools.)

  • Karmay, Samten Gyaltsen (1988) The Great Perfection: A Philosophical and Meditative Training of Tibetan Buddhism, Leiden: Brill.

    (A reference work on the history and principal doctrines of the Great Perfection school and on issues concerning the Subitist school in the Great Debate.)

  • Kuijp, L. van der (1983) Contributions to the Development of Tibetan Buddhist Epistemology from the Eleventh to the Thirteenth Century, Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner.

    (A reference work on the subject.)

  • Matsumoto, S. (1990) ‘The Mādhyamika Philosophy of Tsong kha pa’, Memoirs of the Research Department of the Toyo Bunko 48: 17–47.

    (A vigorous argument for the importance and uniqueness of Tsong kha pa in Indo-Tibetan Mādhyamika thought.)

  • Mimaki, K. (1982) Blo gsal grub mtha’: Chapitres IX (Vaibhāṣika) et XI (Yogācāra) édités et Chapitre XII (Mādhyamika) édité et traduit, Kyoto: Zinbun Kagaku Kenkyusyo.

    (A reference work on Tibetan philosophies and the grub mtha’ literature.)

  • Onoda, S. (1992) Monastic Debate in Tibet: A Study on the History and Structures of bsDus grwa logic, Vienna: Arbeitskreis für Tibetische und Buddhistische Studien.

    (A reference work on the Phya-pa tradition and its successors. See page 98– on the twelve sorts of vyāpti mentioned in §4.)

  • Ruegg, D. Seyfort (1963) ‘The Jo naṅ pas: A School of Buddhist Ontologists according to the Grub mtha’ śel gyi me loṅ’, Journal of the American Oriental Society 83: 73–91.

    (Expands upon §1; discusses the Jo-nang-pa position and its critique by the dGe-lugs-pa.)

  • Ruegg, D. Seyfort (1992) Buddha-nature, Mind and the Problem of Gradualism in a Comparative Perspective: On the Transmission and Reception of Buddhism in India and Tibet, London: School of Oriental and African Studies.

    (An important study of the bSam-yas debate and its philosophical issues.)

  • Sa skya Paṇḍita Kun dga’ rgyal mtshan (1182–1251) Rigs gter (Treasure of Reasoning), in Sa skya pa’i bKa’ ’bum, The Complete Works of the Great Masters of the Sa skya Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, compiled by bSod nams rgya mtsho, vol. 5, Tokyo: The Toyo Bunko, 1968.

    (The full title is Tshad ma rigs pa’i gter. The text is being edited and translated into Japanese in a series of monographs by Y. Fukuda et al. as Chibetto ronrigakukenkyū (Studies in Tibetan Logic), Tokyo: The Toyo Bunko.)

  • Tillemans, T. (1989) ‘Formal and Semantic Aspects of Tibetan Buddhist Debate Logic’, Journal of Indian Philosophy 17: 265–297.

    (Expands upon §2 and §4 of this entry.)

  • Tillemans, T. (1990) ‘On Sapakṣa’, Journal of Indian Philosophy 18: 53–79.

    (Expands upon §4 of this entry.)

  • Tillemans, T. (1995) ‘On the So-called Difficult Point of the Apoha Theory’, Asiatische Studien–Études Asiatiques 49 (4): 853–889.

    (Expands upon §4 of this entry.)

  • Tucci, G. (1980) The Religions of Tibet, trans. G. Samuel, London: Routledge.

    (Tucci’s work remains one of the best introductions to Tibetan religions.)

  • Williams, P. (1992) ‘Non-Conceptuality, Critical Reasoning and Religious Experience: Some Tibetan Buddhist Discussions’, in M. McGhee (ed.) Philosophy, Religion, and the Spiritual Life, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 189–210.

    (A strong philosophical defence of the Gradualist position and of the dGe-lugs critique of Hva-shang’s ‘blank-minded’ meditation.)

  • Yoshimizu, C. (1993) ‘The Madhyamaka Theories Regarded as False by the Dge lugs pas’, Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens 37: 201–227.

    (On some of the historical issues discussed in §§1–2.)

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