By Jose Ignacio Cabezon
Taking language as its basic subject, this ebook explores how the culture of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist philosophical hypothesis exemplifies the nature of scholasticism.Scholasticism, as an summary and basic classification, is built as a worthwhile theoretical instrument for realizing a number of highbrow activities within the heritage of philosophy of faith. The ebook investigates the Buddhist Scholastic thought and use of scripture, the character of doctrine and its transcendence in event, Mahayana Buddhist hermeneutics, the speculation and perform of exegesis, and questions in regards to the authority of sacred texts. It additionally bargains with the Buddhist Scholastic thought of conceptual notion because the reflect of language, the Scholastic security of common sense and rationality as a style, in addition to the function of language within the idealist and nominalist ontologies of the Mahayana. eventually, the writer treats the query of ineffability and the silence of the Buddha from a brand new point of view. «Cabezon has made a cautious, constant case for scholasticism as a tremendous method of the area inside Buddhism and as a cross-cultural classification important of attention in the box of non secular experiences, and he has performed so by way of being explicitly comparative. this is often, without difficulty, some of the most intriguing works of East-West comparability i've got noticeable in decades and, as a piece drawing in a comparative demeanour at the Buddhist culture, it really is nearly unique.»--Roger Jackson, Carleton collage Jose Ignacio Cabezon is affiliate Professor of the Philosophy of faith, Iliff institution of Theology. He used to be writer of A Dose of vacancy and editor of Buddhism, Sexuality, and Gender, either released via SUNY Press.
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In the Bhasya, then, Vasubandhu states his own view as being this. He claims that the knowledge born from listening is a form of ascertainment (niscaya, nges pa) that arises from validly verified scriptural testimony (apta vacanapramanyajata, yid ches pal lung tshad ma las skyes pa); that born from thinking arises from logical analysis (yuktinidhyanaja, rigs pas nges par brtags pa las skyes pa); and that born from meditation arises from samadhi (samadhija, ting nge 'dzin las skyes pa). Vasubandhu's own view, then, avoids all reference to the distinction between words and their meaning in the definition of the three types of knowledge.
However, rje btsun pa states that this is not a criterion on which to base whether or not something is a sastra. For rje btsun pa, then, the word sastra connotes a variety of scriptural entities including sutras, sastra in a commentarial or exegetical sense being valid only as a definition of those entities when contrasted to sutras. In each case we notice once again the soteriological elements in the definitions: the former evolving exclusively along soteriological lines and the latter incorporating the criterion that such works must be in accordance with the path to liberation.
When they reflect on this self-critically, it leads them to theorize on the methods, goals, and limits of philosophical inquiry and on the nature and workings of language and conceptual thought. Logic is the formal method of the scholastics, the framework that undergirds their rationalism. James A. Weisheipl has called logic "the chief instrument of scholastic training/'30 It is not surprising, therefore, that many scholastics should have been preoccupied with the workings of syllogistic reasoning and its role in philosophical discourse.
Buddhism and Language: A Study of Indo-Tibetan Scholasticism by Jose Ignacio Cabezon