Saturday, October 11, 2008

A dose of emptiness

Used as a supplement to the scholastic debating manuals in some of the greatest monasteries in Tibet, the sTong thun Chenmo is a veritable encyclopedia of Mahayana philosophy, dealing with hermeneutics, the theory of non-duality, the linguistic interpretation of emptiness, the typology of ignorance, logic, the nature of time, and the perception of matter across world spheres. This book is an indispensible source for understanding the Tibetan Gelugpa school's synthesis of the Madhyamaka and epistemological traditions of Indian Buddhism, and an unprecendented source for the philosophical polemics of fifteenth century Tibet.

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