Candrakīrti and beyond

  • Time: Mon 26 June 2017
  • Venue: Institut für Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens
  • Organisation: Pascale Hugon


In this workshop, scholars will present the results of their ongoing research on Candrakīrti and the interpretation of Candrakīrti’s thought in India and Tibet, with a special focus on the views of 12th-century Tibetan Mādhyamikas.

The workshop is open to the public. For organizational purposes, you are kindly invited to announce your participation with an email to pascale.hugon(at)


9:00 – 9:45

Anne MacDonald (Austrian Academy of Sciences): The Search for Candrakīrti: Will the Real Mādhyamika Please Stand Up?

9:45 – 10:30

Arihiro Kosaka (University of Tsukuba): The characteristics of Candrakīrti’s commentary on the twenty-third Chapter of Nāgārjuna’s Mūlamadhyamakakārikā (video conference)

10:30 – 11:15

Chizuko Yoshimizu (University of Tsukuba): Later Mādhyamikas on logic implicit in Mūlamadhyamakakārikā 1.3 or negation of arising from other (video conference)

11:15 – 11:45

Coffee break

11:45 – 12:30

Kevin Vose (College of William and Mary): Awakening and Absence: Soteriological Models in Candrakīrti’s Earliest Interpreters

12:30 – 13:15

Pascale Hugon (Austrian Academy of Sciences): What is wrong with the Candrakīrtian prasaṅga? Phya pa Chos kyi seng ge’s criticism of Candrakīrti’s followers in the light of his theory of argumentation by consequence


Anne MacDonald (Anne.MacDonald(at) has been working at the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia since April 2010. Her primary focus is the development of Madhyamaka thought in India and Tibet. She is engaged in research on Candrakīrti’s Prasannapadā and Madhyamakāvatārabhāṣya based on newly available manuscripts of the works. She recently published the two-volume monograph In Clear Words: The Prasannapadā, Chapter One (Vienna, 2015: Austrian Academy of Sciences), which contains a re-edition of the first chapter of the Prasannapadā using previously unknown Sanskrit manuscripts and an annotated translation.

Arihiro Kosaka (kosakaarihiro(at) is a graduate student at the University of Tsukuba. His research focuses on the 23rd chapter of the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā and Prasannapadā.

Chizuko Yoshimizu ( is Professor at Tsukuba University in Japan. She studied Indology, Tibetology, and Buddhism at Tokyo and Vienna Universities, and has lectured at several universities in Japan, Europe and the USA. Her publications on Buddhist philosophy include numerous articles and a book entitled Die Erkenntnislehre des Prāsaṅgika-Madhyamaka nach dem Tshig gsal stoṅ thun gyi tshad ma’i rnam bśad des ʼJam dbyaṅs bźad pa’i rdo rje (Vienna 1996). She is currently editing the dBu ma tshig gsal gyi ti ka by Zhang Thang sag pa (12th c.), the first portion of which was published in 2013 (The Toyo Bunko, Studia Tibetica No. 46).

Kevin Vose (kavose(at) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, U.S.A.) and presently Department Chair. He is the author of Resurrecting Candrakīrti: Disputes in the Tibetan Creation of Prāsaṅgika (Wisdom Publications’ Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, 2009). His publications center around the Tibetan reception of Candrakīrti’s texts, which were first disseminated in Tibet around 1100 and came to be widely considered the pinnacle of Buddhist thinking. His work has focused on 11th and 12th century materials found in the bKa’ gdams gsung ʼbum, a collection of manuscripts that provide some of our earliest sources of Tibetan philosophical texts.

Pascale Hugon (pascale.hugon(at) is active at the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia. Her research focuses on the Buddhist tradition within the intellectual and cultural history of the Indian subcontinent and the Himalayas. She studies the Indian philosophical literature of Buddhism, its transmission to Tibet, and Tibetan indigenous interpretations and developments, in particular in the fields of epistemology and Madhyamaka philosophy. Her publications include editions, translations and thematic studies based on Sanskrit and Tibetan materials. Following the fortunate recovery of significant texts, her current research project examines the early developments of bKa’ gdams pa scholasticism, with a focus on the works of Phya pa Chos kyi seng ge.