In the polemical sections of his foundational work, Dignāga turns against the authoritative non-Buddhist philosophical traditions of its time: Nyāya, Vaiśeṣika, Sāṅkhya, Mīmāṃsā, and also against the Vādavidhi, a work by his predecessor Vasubandhu. For his explanations of Dignāga's text, Jinendrabuddhi does not only evidently draw from the rich literature of the early days of the Indian philosophical systems, which is today to a large extent lost, but also frequently quotes and relates it. The value of the information passed down through him has been known since the studies of E. Frauwallner on the Vādavidhi (1957) and the Ṣaṣṭitantra (1958), but these studies have not yet been continued. The only surviving Sanskrit manuscript now permits a fundamental and comprehensive treatment of these invaluable sources for the history of Indian philosophy. An example of the nature of the planned edition of the fragments and papers was first given in the article "The Ṣaṣṭitantra on Perception, a Collection of Fragments," Asiatische Studien 1999, 667-677. The edition itself was published in 2017.

Publications

Steinkellner, Ernst, Dignāga's Pramāṇasamuccaya, Chapter 1. A hypothetical reconstruction of the Sanskrit text with the help of the two Tibetan translations on the basis of the hitherto known Sanskrit fragments and the linguistic materials gained from Jinendrabuddhi's Ṭīkā. April 2005. IX + 35 Seiten. April 2005 (PDF)

Steinkellner, Ernst, Helmut Krasser, Horst Lasic, Jinendrabuddhiʼs Pramāṇasamuccayaṭīkā, Chapter 1. Part I: Critical Edition. (STTAR 1/I), pp. lx + 209; Part II: Diplomatic Edition with a Manuscript Description by Anne MacDonald. (STTAR 1/II), pp. xxxviii + 161. Beijing-Vienna: China Tibetology Publishing House – VÖAW, 2005.

Lasic, Horst, Helmut Krasser, Ernst Steinkellner, Jinendrabuddhiʼs Pramāṇasamuccayaṭīkā, Chapter 2. Part I: Critical Edition. (STTAR 15/1), pp. xv + 149; Part II: Diplomatic Edition. (STTAR 15/2), pp. ix + 111. Beijing-Vienna: China Tibetology Publishing House – VÖAW, 2012.

Steinkellner, Ernst, Early Indian Epistemology and Logic. Fragments from Jinendrabuddhi's Pramāṇasamuccayaṭīkā 1 and 2. (Studia Philologica Buddhica, Monograph Series 35). Tokyo: The International Institute for Buddhist Studies, 2017, pp. xxviii + 282.

Steinkellner, Ernst, Corrigenda of Jinendrabuddhi’s Pramāṇasamuccayaṭīkā, Chapters 1 and 2. September 2016. (PDF)

 

 

 

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