The Continuity of Madhyamaka and Yogācāra in Indian Mahāyāna Buddhism

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BRILL, 1991 - Religion - 191 pages
In the past European scholars have tended to treat both Madhyamaka and Yog?c?ra as separate and fundamentally opposed trends in Mah?y?na Buddhist thought. Drawing heavily on early textual evidence this work questions the validity of such a "Mah?y?na schools" hypothesis. By down-playing the late commentorial traditions, the author attempts a general reappraisal of the epistemological and ontological writings of Nagarjuna, Asanga and Vasubandhu. He concludes that the overlap in all areas of doctrine is significant, but particularly with respect to the teachings on the levels of truth, the enlightened and unenlightened states, the status of language and the nature of reality. It is hoped that such investigations may provide the basis for a new theory on the proliferation of Indian Mah?y?na Buddhism as an organic process of assimilation to new audiences, and specific contemporary problems, rather than in the more schismatic manner favoured by past researchers.
 

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Contents

A Preliminary Examination of Madhyamaka Ontology
7
Nāgārjuna and Logic
25
Nāgārjuna and the Continuity of Tradition
44
The Problem of Mahāyāna Schools
63
The Conception of Truth in Early Buddhism
84
The Two Truths and the Three Natures
102
The Nature of Reality
132
The Problem of Idealism
152
Conclusion
176
Abbreviations
186
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