Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 the event has been cancelled.
The Tibetan Madhyamaka master and translator Pa tshab Nyi ma grags (1055–1145?) made a great contribution to the dissemination and development of the Madhyamaka system by translating Candrakīrti’s (7th c.) main works into Tibetan. During a 23-year stay in Kashmir, under the guidance of his Kashmiri teacher Mahāsumati he studied Nāgārjuna’s Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, relying also on the Prasannapadā, Candrakīrti’s commentary thereon. Based on these studies, Pa tshab also composed a commentary on the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, the dBu ma rtsa ba’i shes rab kyi ti ka. Here, he claims himself to be a thal ’gyur ba (*Prāsaṅgika) and compares the Prāsaṅgika position to that of Śāntarakṣita and Kamalaśīla (8th c.), whom he calls rang rgyud pa (*Svātantrika). Having introduced a debate between “substantialists” (dngos por smra ba) – including Buddhists other than Mādhyamikas as well as non-Buddhists – and Mādhyamikas (dbu ma pa), particularly the Svātantrikas, he then reconstructs a debate between the Svātantrikas and the Prāsaṅgikas, including between Candrakīrti and himself.
The edition and translation of the passage to be read at the workshop will be circulated among participants in advance.
Prof. 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.), of which the first and second parts were published in 2013 and 2018 (Toyo Bunko).
Friday, 20 March 2020
- 12:30–14:00: lunch break