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Buddhist Philosophy

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Buddhist Philosophy by William Edelglass
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Table of Contents


Part I: Metaphysics and Ontology

1. Theravada Metaphysics and Ontology: Kaccanagotta (Samyutta-nikaya) and Abhidhammatthasangaha Noa Ronkin

2. Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika (Fundamental Verses of the Middle Way): Chapter XXIV: Examination of the Four Noble Truths, Jay L. Garfield

3. Vasubandhu's Trisvabhavanirdesa (Treatise on the Three Natures), Jay L. Garfield

4. Santaraksita's "Neither-One-Nor-Many" Argument from The Ornament of the Middle Way (Madhyamakalamkara): A Classical Buddhist Argument on the Ontological Status of Phenomena, James Blumenthal

5. Mipam Namgyel: The Lion's Roar Affirming Extrinsic Emptiness, Matthew Kapstein

6. Dushun's Huayan Fajie Guan Men (Meditative Approaches to the Huayan Dharmadhatu), Alan Fox

7. Dogen's "Mountains and Waters as Sutras" (Sansui-kyo), Graham Parkes

8. Nishitani Keiji's "The Standpoint of Zen: Directly Pointing to the Mind", Bret Davis

Part II: Philosophy of Language and Hermeneutics

9. Sensation, Inference, and Language: Dignaga's Pramanasamuccaya, Richard Hayes

10. Jn?nagarbha's Verses on the Distinction Between the Two Truths, David Eckel

11. Language and the Ultimate: Do Madhyamikas Make Philosophical Claims? A Selection from Khedrupjey's Great Digest, Jose Cabezon

12. Zongmi's Inquiry into the Origin of the Human Condition (Yuanren lun): The Hermeneutics of Doctrinal Classification, Peter Gregory

13. Dogen's Shobogenzo Fascicles "Katto" and "Osakusendaba", Steven Heine

14. Beyond Awareness: T?rei Enji's Understanding of Realization in the Treatise on the Inexhaustible Lamp of Zen, Chapter VI, Michel Mohr

Part III: Epistemology

15. The approach to knowledge and truth in the Theravada record of the discourses of the Buddha, Peter Harvey

16. Dharmakirti and Dharmottara on the Intentionality of Perception: Selections from "An Epitome of Philosophy" (Nyayabindu), Dan Arnold

17. The Role of Knowledge of Causation in Dharmakirti's Theory of Inference: The Pramana-varttika, Brendan Gillon

18. Yogacara Theories of the Components of Perception: The Buddhabhumy-upadesa, Dan Lusthaus

19. Classification of Non-Authoritative Cognitive Processes (tshad min) in the Ngog and Sakya Traditions, Leonard W.J. van der Kuijp

20. Understanding the Two Truths: Tsongkhapa's Ocean of Reasoning: A Great Commentary on Nagarjuna's "Mulamadhyamakakarika", Jay L. Garfield

21. The Deluded Mind as World and Truth: Epistemological Implications of Tiantai Doctrine and Praxis in Jingxi Zhanran's Jingangpi and Zhiguan yili, Brook Ziporyn

22. The Presencing of Truth: Dogen's Genjokoan, Bret Davis

Part IV: Philosophy of Mind and the Person

23. Theravada Philosophy of Mind and the Person: Anatta-lakkhana Sutta, Maha-nidana Sutta, and Milindapa nha, Peter Harvey

24. Pudgalavada Doctrines of the Person, Dan Lusthaus

25. Vasubandhu's Abhidharmakosa: The Critique of the Pudgalavadins' Theory of Persons, James Duerlinger

26. Vasubandhu's Abhidharma-ko?a: The Critique of the Soul, Charles Goodman

27. Candrakirti's Madhyamakavatarabhasya VI.86-97: A Madhyamaka Critique of Vijnanavada Views of Consciousness, C.W. Huntington, Jr.

28. Santaraksita's Tattvasamgraha: A Buddhist Critique of the Nyaya View of the Self, Matthew Kapstein

29. Zhiyi's Great Calming and Contemplation: "Contemplating Mental Activity as the Inconceivable Realm", Hans-Rudolph Kantor

30. "The Mind is Buddha": Pojo Chinul's Secrets on Cultivating the Mind, Jin Y. Park

31. Nishida's Conception of Person, Gereon Kopf

Part V: Ethics

32. Theravada Texts on Ethics, Peter Harvey

33. The Bodhisattva Path: Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara, William Edelglass

34. Asanga's Bodhisattvabhumi: The Morality Chapter, Gareth Sparham

35. Essentials of Observing and Violating Bodhisattva Precepts: Wonhyo's Non-Substantial Mahayana Ethics, Jin Y. Park

36. Thich Nhat Hanh's Interbeing: Fourteen Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism, William Edelglass

37. Joanna Macy: The Ecological Self, William Edelglass

38. Buddhist Feminist Reflections, Karma Lekshe Tsomo


Oxford University Press, USA; April 2009
480 pages; ISBN 9780199886913
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