Prasangika

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The Prasangika (Skt. Prāsaṅgika; Tib. ཐལ་འགྱུར་པ་, Wyl. thal 'gyur) or 'Consequence' tradition is a subdivision of the Madhyamika school of philosophy. A defining feature of this approach is its use of consequentialist arguments (Skt. prasaṅga) to establish the ultimate truth of emptiness beyond all conceptual elaboration. This approach was first explicitly formulated by the Indian scholar Buddhapalita and later elaborated upon and defended by Chandrakirti.

Definition

In the Nyingma tradition of Mipham Rinpoche the Prasangika are defined as "followers of the Madhyamika who teach by emphasizing the uncategorized absolute that is free from all assertions".[1]

Notes

  1. dbu ma pa gang zhig rnam grangs ma yin pa'i don dam khas len kun bral rtsal du bton nas 'chad pa

Further Reading

  • The Svatantrika-Prasangika Distinction—what difference does a difference make?, edited by Georges B.J. Dreyfus and Sara L. McClintock (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2005).

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