Mipham's Dialectics and the Debates on Emptiness: To Be, Not to be Or Neither
This book explores a number of themes in connection with the concept of Emptiness, a highly technical but very central notion in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. It examines the critique by the leading Nyingma school philosopher Mipham (1846-1912), one of Tibet's brightest and most versatile minds, formulated in his diverse writings. The book focuses on related issues such as what is negated by the doctrine of emptiness, the nature of ultimate reality, and the difference between 'extrinsic' and 'intrinsic' emptiness. These issues continue to be the subject of lively debate among contemporary exponents of Tibetan Buddhist thought. Karma Phuntsho's book aptly undertakes a thematic and selective discussion of these debates and Mipham's qualms about the Gelukpa understanding of Emptiness in a mixture of narrative and analytic style. For the first time, a major variant understanding of Emptiness to the Gelukpa interpretation that has become dominant in both Tibet and the West is revealed.
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a religious issue and the nature of the debates
Sources and methodological considerations
the primary path
the religious goal
an outline of the history
Debates after Tsongkhapa
The delimitation of the negandum
Miphams theory of the ultimate reality
Is Emptiness knowable and effable?
Some concluding remarks
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