Ocean of Reasoning: A Great Commentary on Nagarjuna's by Jay L. Garfield, Rje Tsong Khapa, Geshe Ngawang Samten

By Jay L. Garfield, Rje Tsong Khapa, Geshe Ngawang Samten

Tsong khapa (14th-15th centuries) is arguably an important and influential thinker in Tibetan heritage. His Ocean of Reasoning is the main broad and maybe the private extant remark on N=ag=arjuna's M=ulamadhyamakak=arik=a (Fundamental knowledge of the center Way), and it may be argued that it really is most unlikely to debate N=ag=arjuna's paintings in an educated approach with no consulting it. It discusses replacement readings of the textual content and earlier commentaries and offers an in depth exegesis, constituting a scientific presentation of Madhyamaka Buddhist philosophy. regardless of its significant value, despite the fact that, of Tsong khapa's 3 most vital texts, in basic terms Ocean of Reasoning has previously remained untranslated, maybe since it is either philosophically and linguistically tough, not easy a unprecedented blend of skills at the a part of a translator. Jay L. Garfield and Geshe Ngawang Samten deliver the needful abilities to this tough activity, combining among them services in Western and Indian philosophy, and fluency in Tibetan, Sanskrit, and English. The ensuing translation of this crucial textual content is not just a landmark contribution to the scholarship of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, yet may be important to scholars of Tibetan Buddhism and philosophy, who will now be ready to learn this paintings along N=ag=arjuna's masterpiece.

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2. 3. 4. 5. Necessity and Manner of Investigating the Way Things Really Are Greatness of the Author of the Text The Articulation of His Treatises The Benefits of Aspiring to the Profound Dharma Identifying the Vessel into which the Profound Dharma Can Be Introduced The preliminary explanation is the first of two parts of this commentary, the second of which is the principal explanation. 1 1. Necessity and Manner of Investigating the Way Things Really Are Everything the buddhas have said about generosity and other similar virtues is a means to cultivate the wisdom that comprehends the way things really are 1.

This is the meaning of authoritative sources expounding the nirvana of the lesser vehicle as well. The rest of this treatise is written in support of this proposition. In short, if the realization and attainment of nirvana at the stage of achieving arhathood do not imply the realization of the way things really are, that is, ultimate truth, then the attainment of nirvana would absolutely not be possible. This is the principal reason that this fact is proved primarily through citations of the su¯tras of the lesser vehicle.

It is named after its content. ” This is a taddhita construction in which ‘ka’ denotes the meaning of. The suffix ‘ka’ is attached because it both demonstrates and denotes the middle path. ” Or, as Bhavaviveka says, because it is referred to by the word madhyama with the suffix ‘ka’ it is madhyamaka philosophy [bDu ma dza 329a]. ” Both existence and nonexistence are extremes; Purity and impurity as well are extremes. Therefore, avoiding both sets of extremes, The wise should not abide even in the middle.

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