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Svatantrika-Prasangika Distinction: What Difference Does a Difference Make?
By Dreyfus & McClintock, ed.

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Author: Dreyfus & McClintock ed.
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 861713249 / 9780861713240

Product Code: 11713

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Due largely to contact with the living Tibetan Buddhist tradition, it has become commonplace to distinguish two branches of Buddhist Madhyamika philosophy: Svatantrika and Prasangika. Nowadays one finds references to Prasangika philosophy and Svatantrika philosophy as if these were self-evident and unproblematic categories on a par with other doxographical distinctions. The present volume scrutinizes this distinction more critically, clarifying and highlighting its problematic nature as well as suggesting arguments that may support it. Each contributor focuses on particular texts and figures involved in the evolution of the distinction, in both India and Tibet. Although all the essays deal with the same questions, they often come to startlingly different conclusions. This disagreement reflects the individual perspectives of the authors, but also signals the highly contested nature of the Svatantrika-Prasangika distinction itself, making for a fascinating exploration of the intellectual heritage of modern Tibetan Buddhism.
Svatantrika-Prasangika Distinction, George Dreyfus & Sara McClintock, editors, Wisdom, 398 pp, $34.95

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