21 April 2021
Photo: Orna Almogi
17:00 April 21, 2021. Due to the coronavirus pandemic conducted online via Zoom.
Philosophical analysis plays a significant role in relation to spiritual pursuits within the Dignāga-Dharmakīrtian mainstream tradition. This is seemingly not the case for Buddhist tantric traditions. However, a thorough investigation of the interrelation between (texts belonging to) Tantric Buddhism and pramāṇa tradition(s) remains a desideratum.
The Sāramañjarī by Samantabhadra (ca. middle of the 9 th century) is in and of itself a commentary on a tantric manual for meditation – the Samantabhadrasādhana by Jñānapāda (8th–9th cent.). In particular, while commenting on the vv. 109–120, where Jñānapāda presents the yogabindu type of meditation, Samantabhadra makes the point of introducing several views, as well as materials, from the so-called “pramāṇavāda” – particularly from the mainstream Dharmakīrtian tradition. In doing so, he appears to be closely following some of the arguments that are found in Śāntarakṣita’s (c. 725–788 CE) and Kamalaśīla’s works (c. 740–795 CE), his ultimate standpoint being that of the Madhyamaka. The style is reminiscent of more strictly logico-epistemological treatises regarding philosophical debates. Particularly, in the commentary (more than in the Samantabhadrasādhana), emphasis is laid on a detailed refutation of Brahmanical opponents. In this paper, I shall discuss in some detail the pramāṇa legacy within the works of these two tantric authors as well as the influence that they themselves had on following “pramāṇa authors,” such as Jitāri (10 th cent.). The final goal is to shed light on some of the interconnections between tantra and pramāṇa.
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Prof. Dr. Dorji Wangchuk (Director)
Khyentse Center for Tibetan Buddhist Textual Scholarship (KC-TBTS)
Abteilung für Kultur und Geschichte Indiens und Tibets, AAI, Universität Hamburg
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