By F. Th. Stcherbatsky

ISBN-10: 8120810201

ISBN-13: 9788120810204

Buddhist good judgment unearths itself because the culminating element of a protracted process Indian philosophic historical past. Its beginning, its progress and its decline run parallel with the delivery, the expansion and the decline of Indian Civilization. right here the topic of Buddhist good judgment in its historic connections is reconsidered in those volumes.

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Dignaga gave to these formulas a new signification, but he himself quotes in support of them a passage from the abhidharma of the Sarvastivadins. s ran-las-rnkhas-pa = svatantra-pandita. 1 To the time of his apprenticeship probably belong two early works, two manuals for the use of students. One of them is a condensed summary of the capital work of his teacher under the title of A b h i d h a r m a k o s a - m a r m a - p r a d l p a . 2 The other contains a breef summary (jpinddrtha) in mnemonic verse of all the topics contained in the A s t a - s a h a s r i k a - p r a j n a - p a r a m i t a - s u t r a .

2 INTRODUCTION § 10. 37 THE WOEKS OF DHAEMAKIBTI. D h a r m a k i r t i has written 7 logical works, the celebrated «Seven t r e a t i s e s " which have become the fundamental works (mula) for the study of logic by the Buddhists in Tibet and have superseded the work of Dignaga, although they originally were devised as a detailed commentary on the latter. 1 The number seven is suggestive, because the abhidharma of the Sarvastivadins also consisted of seven works, a principal one and its «six feet».

THE CASHMERE OR PHILOSOPHIC SCHOOL OP COMMENTATORS. The next two schools of commentators are not content with establishing the direct meaning of Dharmakirti's text, they strive to investigate its more profound philosophy. The second school can be termed the Cashmerian school, according to the country of its main activity, and the critical school, according to its main tendency in philosophy. 8 Pramana-vartika is nothing but a detailed comment on Dignaga's Pramana-samuccaya which is a purely logical treatise.

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