Madhyamaka Schools in India: A Study of the Madhyamaka Philosophy and of the Division of the System into the Prasangika and Svatantrika Schools

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This Volume traces the development of one of the most divisive debates in Buddhist philosophy in which leading parts were taken by Nagarjuna, Bhavaviveka and Candrakirti. The interesting debate between the Prasangikas and Svatantrikas has thus far received comparatively little attention. It has been largely assumed that the division between the two schools occurred as a result of the disagreements on the essentials of the Madhyamaka philosophical view. In the present work the author argues that the school split not over philosophy but over forensic methodology or, in other words, over the way in which the philosophy of emptiness was to be communicated to and vindicated for others. He draws substantially on the Tibetan sources to prove his viewpoint. He also makes use of Nagarjuna’s Mulamadhya makakarika and Candrakirti’s Prasannapadanamadhyamakavrtti. The volume extends not only the current understanding of the Madhyamaka system, but also offers a new and eminently reasonable interpretation of the nature of the divisions between the Prasangikas and Svatantrikas.

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Peter Della Santina (b. USA) graduated in Religion from Wesleyan University in 1972.  He studied Indian philosophy at Varanasi and Delhi.  In 1979 he obtained Ph. D. from the University of Delhi.  Dr. Santina has worked as a research scholar for the Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions in the USA.  He has lectured widely in Europe and Asia.  Besides working as Co-ordinator of Buddhist Studies Programme for the Curriculum Development Institute of Singapore, Dr. Santina has written a number of scholarly papers, and is the co-author of Nagarjuna’s Letter to King Gautamiputra.  The author expired in 2007.

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Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions 10 × 11 × 12 cm
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Peter Della Santina

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