Jnanagarbha's Commentary on the Distinction Between the Two Truths
The Madhyamaka School of Indian Buddhist thought has had tremendous influence in the Buddhist world, particularly in Tibet, China and Japan: in the West it has become the subject of intense interest in the fields of comparative religion and philosophy. Many aspects of Madhyamaka thought, however, remain obscure, especially during the period when Buddhist thought was first introduced to Tibet.
Jnanagarbha's Commentary on the Distinction between the Two Truths is a concise and lucid introduction to the issues and personalities that dominated Indian Madhyamaka thought on the eve of its introduction to Tibet. As an example of the influential but little-known Svatantrika branch of the Madhyamaka School, Jnanagarbha's work shows quite vividly how the commitment to reason in the search for ultimate truth shaped not only the dialogue between Madhyamaka thinkers and members of other Buddhist schools, but also the evolution of the Madhyamaka tradition itself.
David Eckel has translated Jnanagarbha's text in its entirety and provided an introduction that situates the text clearly in its historical and philosophical context. Extensive notes, a transliterated version of the Tibetan translation, and a reproduction of the original Tibetan blockprints make this volume useful to scholars as well as to the interested general reader.
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ba dang ba la sogs ba'i bas na bdag nyid bden Bhavaviveka bkag bodhisattvas brjod brtags Buddha Buddhist bye brag byung CandrakTrti causal cause chos cognition commentary concepts corresponds to appearances de'i Derge Dharma DharmakTrti Dignaga discursive cognition distinction dngos don dam DP CP duality empty exist gang gcig gnas gnyis gsungs gyur gyur ro Haribhadra imagined nature incorrect relative truth Itar snang ba ji Itar snang jig rten Jnanagarbha kho nar khyod kyang Lindtner Madhyamaka Madhyamaka thought means mkhyen mthong multiple Nagarjuna negation of arising ngo bo nyid nyid kyi pa'i ngo bo pa'i phyir ro Panjika paramartha philosophical pratyaksa rdzob real arising Reality reason relative sense rgyu rjes rnam rtog samvrti Sanskrit Santaraksita self-cognition skye skye ba smra Sthiramati Subcommentary subcommentator explains Sutra Svatantrika term tha dad thams cad things Tibetan tion translation Tripitaka tsam tshad tshe yang mi Yogacara zhig