The Buddhist Theory of Self-Cognition
This highly original work explores the concept of self-awareness or self-consciousness in Buddhist thought. Its central thesis is that the Buddhist theory of self-cognition originated in a soteriological discussion of omniscience among the Mahasamghikas, and then evolved into a topic of epistemological inquiry among the Yogacarins. To illustrate this central theme, this book explores a large body of primary sources in Chinese, Pali, Sanskrit and Tibetan, most of which are presented to an English readership for the first time. It makes available important resources for the study of the Buddhist philosophy of mind.
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AKBh Andhakas arise simultaneously associated Bhadanta Dharmatrata Bhavaviveka Buddha Buddhaghosa Buddhist schools Candrakirti causal Chinese translations cognition of self-cognition commentary concept of self-cognition conceptual construction dang Darstantikas Dharmaguptakas Dharmakirti Dharmapala Dharmatrata Dignaga discussed early Buddhist schools early Yogacara epistemological existence experience experienced external object eye-consciousness feeling four function simultaneously Harivarman Hattori illumine issue of self-cognition JñAnaprasthAna know all dharmas Kuiji lamp Madhyamaka Mahasamghika mental activities mental consciousness mental perception mind and mental minds arise model of self-cognition no-self nyid omniscience one’s other-nature pa}i Paramartha passage perceived perceptual awareness possible pramANa present rang rig reflexive refutation Sakavadin Samghabhadra Sanskrit Sarvastivada Abhidharma Sautrantika says scholars self-awareness self-feeling self-nature sense consciousness sense organ sense perception sensory object similes soteriological Srota-apannas sub-schools Sutra svabhAva svasaMvedana theory of self-cognition trans Tripitaka types of perception undefiled universal characteristic Vaibhasikas Vallée Poussin Vasubandhu Vasumitra Vinitadeva Willemen Xuanzang Yinshun Yogacara Yogacarins