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Moonshadows: Conventional Truth in Buddhist Philosophy

The Cowherds


The doctrine of the two truths—a conventional truth and an ultimate truth—is central to Buddhist metaphysics and epistemology. The two truths (or two realities), the distinction between them, and the relation between them is understood variously in different Buddhist schools; it is of special importance to the Madhyamaka school. One of the most influential interpretations of this doctrine derives from the commentary of Candrakīrti (sixth century ce). This book, the product of years of collaboration by ten cowherds engaged in philosophy and Buddhist studies, provides this analysis. The book ask ... More

Keywords: Buddhist philosophy, Madhyamaka, Candrakīrti, two truths, truth, convention, pramāṇa

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199751426
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751426.001.0001


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