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Buddhist Theory of Self-Cognition
By: Zhihua Yao

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Author: Zhihua Yao
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 041534431X
Publication Date: 2005

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Product Code: 13100

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This highly original work explores the concept of self-awareness or self-consciousness in Buddhist thought. Within the Buddhist doctrinal system, the Sanskrit word svasamvedana or svasamvitti (self-cognition, self-awareness, self-consciousness) signifies a form of reflexive awareness. It is one of the key concepts in the Buddhist epistemological system developed by Dignaga (ca. 480-540 CE) and his followers. The discussion on whether the mind knows itself also had a long history in the Buddhist schools of Mahasamghika, Sarvastivada, Sautrantika, and early Yogacara. The same issue was debated later among the Mahamadhyamaka and Yogacara schools. This work is the first to study systematically the Buddhist theory of self-cognition originated in a soteriological discussion of omniscience among Mahasamghikas, and then evolved into a topic of epistemological inquiry among the Yogacarins. To illustrate this central theme, the author draws on a large body of primary sourses in Chinese, Pali, Sanskrit and Tibetan, most of which are being presented to an English readership for the first time. This work makes available imporatant resources for the study of the Buddhist philosophy of mind.

Buddhist Theory of Self - Cognition, Zhihua Yao, RoutledgeCurzon, Hardcover, 2005, 208 pages, $105.00

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