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Title: Visions of Unity: The Golden Pandita Shakya Chokden’s New Interpretation of Yogācāra and Madhyamaka
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: Yaroslav Komarovski
One Sentence Summary: A presentation of the thought of controversial Tibetan Buddhist thinker Shakya Chokden on the Yogācāra and Madhyamaka systems.

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This book focuses on the novel interpretation of Yogācāra and Madhyamaka by the controversial Tibetan thinker Shakya Chokden. It explores his thought within the broader context of his life and works and the intellectual climate of 15th century Tibet. The book should be interesting to those who work in the field of Buddhist intellectual histories, Yogācāra and Madhyamaka philosophy, as well as biographies of Buddhist thinkers.

This landmark book discusses the thought of Tibetan Buddhist thinker Shakya Chokden (1428–1507) on the two major systems of Mahayana Buddhism. Influential and controversial in his own day, Shakya Chokden’s thought fell out of favor over time and his writings were eventually repressed, becoming available again only in the 1970s. Yet, his startling interpretations of the core areas of Buddhist thought remain valuable and well worth consideration today. Yaroslav Komarovski has used the twenty-four volumes of Shakya Chokden’s collected work to provide a systematic presentation of a central aspect of his thought: a reconciliation of Yogacara and Madhyamaka. Providing a detailed analysis of the two systems’ mutual refutations of each other, Shakya Chokden argues for their fundamental compatibility and shared vision.

In analyzing Shakya Chokden’s ideas, Komarovski explores some of the most important issues of both traditional and modern Buddhist scholarship, including contested approaches to the nature of reality, the relationship between philosophy and contemplative practice, inter- and intra-sectarian Buddhist polemics, and the nature of consciousness and mental processes.

Original/Translation: Both
Publisher Place: Albany, NY
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Normalized publisher place: Albany, NY
Publisher country: United States
Published Date: 2011
URL: http://www.sunypress.edu/p-5278-visions-of-unity.aspx
Cultural Coverage: Tibet
Temporal coverage: 15th century CE
ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-4384-3909-9
Format: Print media (print or manuscript, incl PDFs)
Resource Type: Book (single author)
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