Buddhism and Language: A Study of Indo-Tibetan Scholasticism by Jose Ignacio Cabezon

By Jose Ignacio Cabezon

Taking language as its common subject matter, 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 constructed as a worthy theoretical software for knowing a number of highbrow routine within the historical past of philosophy of faith. The e-book investigates the Buddhist Scholastic concept and use of scripture, the character of doctrine and its transcendence in event, Mahayana Buddhist hermeneutics, the idea and perform of exegesis, and questions about the authority of sacred texts. It additionally bargains with the Buddhist Scholastic concept of conceptual suggestion because the reflect of language, the Scholastic safety 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 standpoint. «Cabezon has made a cautious, constant case for scholasticism as a major method of the area inside of Buddhism and as a cross-cultural classification useful of attention in the box of non secular reports, and he has performed so via being explicitly comparative. this can be, effectively, essentially the most fascinating 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's almost 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 through SUNY Press.

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13 To show how the linguistic and experiential-soteriological senses of the word Dharma are linked let us turn to the question of the size of the corpus of the Buddha's word. The Buddha's Dharma is traditionally said to consist of 84,000 "portions" THE NATURE OF DOCTRINE 35 (skandha, phung po), and the question in the literature then becomes one of identifying the measure of one portion. Some traditional scholars have opted for identifying the size of a portion textually, either as the equivalent of one treatise {sastra, bstan bcos), or as the size of a "Dharma treatise," that is, 6,000 slokas (four-lined verses),14 or simply arbitrarily as 1,000 slokas in length.

Some traditional scholars have opted for identifying the size of a portion textually, either as the equivalent of one treatise {sastra, bstan bcos), or as the size of a "Dharma treatise," that is, 6,000 slokas (four-lined verses),14 or simply arbitrarily as 1,000 slokas in length. 16 The approach followed by both the Abhidharmakosa and the Tibetan exegetes, however/is to define a "portion" soteriologically, that is, as the amount of scripture necessary to counteract one mental affliction: The portions of the doctrine were taught in accordance With (the number) of antidotes (necessary to counteract) the negative activities (carita, spyodpa)}7 The commentary on these lines states: "Sentient beings have 84,000 negative activities such as attachment, hatred and delusion.

81 rje btsun pa's own view is that the wisdom that arises principally from listening to the scriptures is the knowledge born from listening, that the knowledge born from thinking about the meaning of scripture is the second knowledge, and that the knowledge born from meditating within any samadhi above the first dhyana is the knowledge born from meditation. From these views we can glean what are perhaps the two most important points in understanding the role that language, and especially scripture, play in the Buddhist scholastic tradition.

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