By Anne MacDonald
The Prasannapadā is considered one of Candrakīrti’s most crucial compositions. Of its twenty-seven chapters commenting on Nāgārjuna’s Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, the 1st, which might impression the later process the Madhyamaka institution, is the longest and so much wide-ranging. it's right here that Candrakīrti, as well as elucidating Nāgārjuna’s refutation of the genuine life of motives and stipulations, defends his personal perspectives on severe problems with ontology and epistemology opposed to these of well-liked Buddhist students similar to the Mādhyamika Bhāviveka and the founding father of the logical-epistemological tuition, i. e., Dignāga, in addition to non-Buddhist adversaries reminiscent of the Naiyāyikas. His particular protection of the sooner Mūlamadhyamakakārikā commentator Buddhapālita from Bhāviveka’s critique grew to become a subject of severe debate for Tibetan exegetes, and is frequently pinpointed because the resource of the bifurcation of the Madhyamaka institution into discrete streams and as keeping the most important to the arguable “Prāsaṅgika-Svātantrika distinction.” of extreme significance for the right kind knowing of the philosophical perspectives awarded in Candrakīrti’s works are reliably edited texts of the unique Sanskrit. within the century because the e-book of Louis de l. a. Vallée Poussin’s version of the Prasannapadā, a couple of previous Sanskrit manuscripts of the paintings were chanced on, and Anne MacDonald has harvested their riches for this re-creation of its first bankruptcy. Her accompanying copiously annotated English translation makes available in all their complexity and brilliance Candrakīrti’s arguments opposed to his rivals, and considerably complements our knowing of seminal points of his Madhyamaka imaginative and prescient.
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