Self, Reality and Reason in Tibetan Philosophy: Tsongkhapa's Quest for the Middle Way
The work explores the historical and intellectual context of Tsongkhapa's philosophy and addresses the critical issues related to questions of development and originality in Tsongkhapa's thought. It also deals extensively with one of Tsongkhapa's primary concerns, namely his attempts to demonstrate that the Middle Way philosophy's deconstructive analysis does not negate the reality of the everyday world. The study's central focus, however, is the question of the existence and the nature of self. This is explored both in terms of Tsongkhapa's deconstruction of the self and his reconstruction of person. Finally, the work explores the concept of reality that emerges in Tsongkhapa's philosophy, and deals with his understanding of the relationship between critical reasoning, no-self, and religious experience.
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1 Context and Methodological Issues
2 Delineating the Parameters of Madhyamaka Reasoning
3 Tsongkhapas Deconstruction of the Self
4 Personal Identity Continuity and the Iconsciousness
5 NoSelf Truth and the Middle Way
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according to Tsongkhapa aggregates analysis argument atman ba’i bdag bden Bhavaviveka bshad Buddhapalita Candrakirti chos cognition concept consciousness context conventional critical critique dang de’i deconstruction deﬁned dependent origination distinction dngos don dam dzin emptiness of intrinsic entity essentialist exist by means ﬁnal ﬁre ﬁrst gang zag Geluk gnyis grub gyur gzhan I-consciousness identiﬁes illusion-like intrinsic existence intrinsic nature khas kyang Lam rim ltar ma yin ma’i Madhyamaka dialectic Madhyamaka philosophy Mahayana mtha mtshan Mulamadhyamakakarika Nagarjuna ngo bo no-self notion nyid object of negation one’s ontological pa’i paramartha perception personal identity perspective philosophical phyir Prasangika rang bzhin rang gi ngo reality reﬂection rnams sense signiﬁcance skye snyam soteriological svabhava tetralemma tha snyad things and events Tibet Tibetan TKSB tsam tshe Tsongkhapa argues Tsongkhapa writes Tsongkhapa’s Madhyamaka Tsongkhapa’s thought Tsongkhapa’s view ultimate understanding Vajrayana valid Vatsiputriyas zhes