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Travelers on the Buddha's Path

Karen C. Lang

in Four Illusions

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195151138
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199870448 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195151135.003.0001
 Travelers on the Buddha's Path

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Candrakiriti was a Mahāyāna Buddhist whose numerous philosophical treatises on the Madhyamaka school were written between the mid‐sixth to the mid‐seventh centuries c.e. Traditional accounts of his life recount legendary stories about a charismatic figure who exemplified the Bodhisattva's practice of compassion and exhibited insight into the emptiness of inherent existence. Candrakiriti uses philosophical inference and argument, as well as the narration of short stories about ruthless kings, hapless fools, and promiscuous women, to demonstrate the superiority of Buddhist practices and beliefs. As an antidote to the four illusions that impede progress on the Buddha's path, he advocates the cultivation of mindfulness.

Keywords: Candrakiriti's life; compassion; emptiness; inherent existence; Madhyamaka school; Mahāyāna Buddhism; mindfulness

Chapter.  12843 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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