By Taranatha, Jeffrey Hopkins

This concise yet revealing publication supplies a glimpse contained in the fairly unexplored notion global of the Jonangpa college of Tibetan Buddhism. This seminal textual content from that culture situates the doctrine of other-emptiness in the guiding principle platforms of the 4 conventional colleges of Tibetan Buddhism.

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C bye brag bshad pa. This is the mahåvibhåøå, bye brag bshad mtsho [or mdzod ] chen mo (Great Ocean or Treasury of Exposition of Particulars). It was translated into Tibetan from the Chinese (Taisho 1545) by the b 42 The Essence of Other-Emptiness SÒtra School The Proponents of the SÒtra Schoola assert that from among the aforementioned phenomena: • Uncompounded [phenomena] and non-associated compositional factors are “imputedly existent,”b that is, only imputed by an awareness and hence do not truly exist.

Sopa and Hopkins, Cutting through Appearances, 215. dgongs pa can. The Essence of Other-Emptiness 41 Jam-Âang-shay-œa’s Great Exposition of Tenets: a Certain Proponents of the Great Exposition assert, in accordance with the description in Bhåvaviveka’s Blaze of Reasoning, that all of [Buddha’s] word is just of definitive meaning [that is, literal] and do not assert that there are interpretable meanings. In addition, there are also [some] who assert that there are both definitive meanings and meanings requiring interpretation.

Proponent of the Great Exposition: Although initially it does not have an inner nature of disintegration, when a cause of cessation approaches it is generated into an entity possessing an inner nature of disintegration. Proponent of SÒtra: When a cause of cessation approaches, the prior nature of non-disintegration either continues or does not continue. If it continues, the contradiction would accrue of saying that it is both nondisintegrative and disintegrative. If it does not continue, then because the production and cessation of the two—the nature and that which has the nature—are not different, the former thing [which has the nature] also would not exist; thus what would be generated into having an inner nature of disintegration?

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