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Identifying the Object of Negation and the Status of Conventional Truth: Why the <i>dGag Bya</i> Matters So Much to Tibetan Mādhyamikas

Jay L. Garfield and Sonam Thakchöe

in Moonshadows

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199751426
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827190 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751426.003.0005
Identifying the Object of Negation and the Status of Conventional Truth: Why the dGag Bya Matters So Much to Tibetan Mādhyamikas

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Tibetan Mādhyamikas devote considerable attention to debates concerning the object of negation (Tib. dgag bya) in deconstructive Madhyamaka analysis. This chapter argues that this attention is warranted because any account of conventional truth depends upon an account of the object of negation. The chapter focuses on the debate between Tsongkhapa and Gorampa regarding whether the object of negation is intrinsic nature or existence.

Keywords: Madhyamaka; Tibetan philosophy; Tsongkhapa; Gorampa; object of negation; conventional truth

Chapter.  7025 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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