By Jose Ignacio Cabezon

Taking language as its normal topic, this e-book explores how the culture of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist philosophical hypothesis exemplifies the nature of scholasticism.Scholasticism, as an summary and common class, is built as a precious theoretical instrument for knowing numerous highbrow pursuits within the heritage of philosophy of faith. The booklet investigates the Buddhist Scholastic thought and use of scripture, the character of doctrine and its transcendence in adventure, Mahayana Buddhist hermeneutics, the idea and perform of exegesis, and questions about the authority of sacred texts. It additionally bargains with the Buddhist Scholastic thought of conceptual notion because the replicate of language, the Scholastic safety of good judgment and rationality as a mode, in addition to the function of language within the idealist and nominalist ontologies of the Mahayana. ultimately, 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 big method of the realm inside of Buddhism and as a cross-cultural classification priceless of attention in the box of spiritual reviews, and he has performed so through being explicitly comparative. this is often, simply, some of the most intriguing works of East-West comparability i've got obvious in decades and, as a piece drawing in a comparative demeanour at the Buddhist culture, it really is almost unique.»--Roger Jackson, Carleton collage Jose Ignacio Cabezon is affiliate Professor of the Philosophy of faith, Iliff college of Theology. He was once writer of A Dose of vacancy and editor of Buddhism, Sexuality, and Gender, either released by way of SUNY Press.

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To come to an understanding of such terms as doctrine and scripture in their full range of meanings is to gain insight, not only into the technical meaning of these key concepts in Buddhist scholasticism, but into this tradition as a whole. In Buddhism, as in many religious traditions, a scriptural, that is, linguistic, understanding of doctrine has never been considered an end in itself. ), in scholastic Buddhism doctrine is conceived of primarily as a guide to experience, especially the form of experience called insight Scripture elicits the transformation of the person by acting as the cause that generates successively more profound and subtle levels of realization that eventually culminate in the state of complete perfection known as buddhahood.

Not only are individual scriptures a source of scholastic speculation, in the act of commentary or exegesis, but scripture as a whole is often its object The tendency to self-reflection is equally operative in regard to this source of tradition as it is in regard to the tradition itself. Hence, scholastics ask themselves, what makes something scripture, what makes scripture authoritative, how can the authority of texts be reconciled with the spirit of rational inquiry, and what is the nature and limits of scriptural authority?

THE NATURE OF DOCTRINE 47 VI. The Analogy of the Raft There is no more appropriate analogy for the provisional nature of scripture than that of the raft. In the context of discussing the nature of the jewel of the Dharma, rje btsun pa, following his Indian predecesors, makes a distinction between the true or ultimate Dharma jewel and the provisional one. In this context the analogy of the raft is discussed: The twelve branches of scripture contained within the continuum of the disciple are not an ultimate source of refuge because, when the meaning of the scripture is completely realized, then, like a raft, it must be abandoned.

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