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Title: Classicism in Commentarial Writing: Exegetical Parallels in the Indian Mūlamadhyamakakārikā Commentaries
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: Ulrich Timme Kragh
One Sentence Summary: This article suggests a method of reading Indian literature comparatively in order to identify the extent to which a series of commentaries can be said to be tied together as forming a single commentarial tradition by using a snippet of the Middle Way School (Madhyamaka, Dbu ma) and examining the Indian commentaries on the seventeenth chapter of Nāgārjuna’s (first to second century CE) Root Verses of the Middle Way School (Mūlamadhyamakakārikā).

Description: Creator's Description: The Tibetan concept of canon and of schools of thought pertaining to Indian Buddhism presents a way of looking at Indian Buddhist texts which has been predominant in modern scholarship. Yet, this notion appears to be anachronistic in that it proposes to think of Indian literature as stratified by canonical groupings of texts and to think of authors as united or opposed by belonging to various schools of philosophical thought at a time in India when no such canon existed and when the literature of the time did not speak of such schools. Would it be possible to move away from the Tibetan concept of Indian Buddhist history and read the Indian literature in novel ways that could reveal the texts’ interrelatedness in a manner that would be closer to the environment in which they were written? This article suggests a method of reading such texts comparatively in order to identify the extent to which a series of commentaries can be said to be tied together as forming a single commentarial tradition. It does so by using a snippet of the Middle Way School (Madhyamaka, Dbu ma) and examining the Indian commentaries on the seventeenth chapter of Nāgārjuna’s (first to second century CE) Root Verses of the Middle Way School (Mūlamadhyamakakārikā).

Publisher: Tibetan and Himalayan Library
Normalized publisher place: Charlottesville, VA
Publisher country: United States
Publisher URL: http://www.thlib.org
Published Date: 2009-12
URL: http://www.thlib.org/collections/texts/jiats/#jiats=/05/kragh/
Classification: Tibetan and Himalayan -- Journals -- Journals Focused on Regions -- Tibet -- JIATS -- Issue 5 (December 2009)
Tibetan and Himalayan -- Journals -- THL-Hosted Online Journals -- JIATS -- Issue 5 (December 2009)
Cultural Coverage: India
Tibet
Language: English
Source URL: http://www.thlib.org/collections/texts/jiats/
Source: Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies
Source Editor: David Germano
José I. Cabezón
Source Type: Journal
Source Number: 5
ISBN/ISSN: 1550-6363

Means of availability: Online

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Resource Type: Article
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