Debate in Tibetan Buddhism
By Daniel Perdue.
Snow Lion: Ithaca, 1992.
1,025 pp. $45.00 (hardcover).
Debate is the investigative technique used in Tibetan monastic education to lead students through the intricacies of Buddhist philosophy, to sharpen minds, and to develop analytical capacities. This volume is based on a foundational text on debate composed by Pur-bu-jok Jam-ba-gya-tso (1825-1901). Using Tibetan and Western sources, the author presents an overview of the tradition and an evaluation of its didactic role.
Knowing, Naming, and Negation: A Sourcebook on Tibetan Sautrantika
By Anne C. Klein.
Snow Lion: Ithaca, 1991.330 pp.
$35 (hardcover); $19.95 (paperback).
Sautrantika, a Hinayana school of thought that emerged around 150 C.E., looks to the Sutra-pitaka as its only authority. Sautrantikas posit the existence of a refined consciousness that persists from rebirth to rebirth, extinquished in the attainment of nirvana. This volume presents the writings of Sautrantika together with an overview of the system as a whole.
The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones
By Patrul Rinpoche. Commentary by Dilgo Khyentse.
Shambhala: Boston, 1992.
240 pp. $16.00 (paperback).
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