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Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics, Vol. 4

Philosophical Topics

Edited by Thupten Jinpa / From an idea by Dalai Lama / Translated by Dechen Rochard
Published by Wisdom Publications
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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This fourth and final Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics volume provides, through extensive passages, a window into the works of the great thinkers from the flowering of philosophy in classical India.

This is the second philosophy volume in the Science and Philosophy series. Whereas the first philosophy volume presented the views of the non-Buddhist and Buddhist schools in sequence, the present work selects specific topics for consideration, including the nature of the two truths, the analysis of self, the Yogacara explanation of reality, emptiness in the Madhyamaka tradition, a survey of logic and epistemology, and the Buddhist explanation of language and meaning. Like earlier volumes, it provides, through extensive extracts, a window into the works of the masters of the Nalanda tradition. The final section on language is particularly unique and largely crafted by Thupten Jinpa.

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  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (August 15, 2023)
  • Length: 640 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781614297901

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Raves and Reviews

"The lucid analysis in Philosophical Topics is accessible to beginning students, yet provides an account of sufficient depth to engage the experts. This is a book no serious student of Buddhist philosophy will want to be without.”

– Jan Westerhoff, professor of Buddhist philosophy, University of Oxford

“This remarkable series, presenting English translations from key texts in the Indian Buddhist tradition, is introduced by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who shares his vision of revealing the wisdom of the Indian Buddhist masters and scholars to bring benefit to many others.”

– Richard J. Davidson, founder and director of the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin–Madison

"His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his Compendium Committee comprising some of contemporary Tibet’s most distinguished scholars have produced an elegant compendium of Indian Buddhist literature, interpreted by leading scholars from the Geluk tradition, translated with exemplary clarity, and brought into dialogue with contemporary thought through precise introductions.”

– Jay L. Garfield, Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities and professor of philosophy, logic, and Buddhist studies at Smith College and Harvard Divinity School

"Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics is a remarkable achievement. This crowning volume is an encyclopedic survey that balances the clarity of an overview with a specificity that makes it engaging. It is a treasure."

– Douglas Duckworth,

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