Seven Treatises on Valid Cognition

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Dharmakīrti

The Seven Treatises on Valid Cognition (Skt. Pramanavartikadisapta-grantha-samgraha; Tib. ཚད་མ་སྡེ་བདུན་, tsema dé dün, Wyl. tshad ma sde bdun) were written by Dharmakīrti as commentaries on the works of Dignāga.

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  1. Commentary on Valid Cognition (Skt. Pramāṇavārttika; Tib. ཚད་མ་རྣམ་འགྲེལ་, Wyl. tshad ma rnam 'grel)
  2. Ascertainment of Valid Cognition (Skt. Pramāṇaviniścaya; Tib. ཚད་མ་རྣམ་ངེས་, Wyl. tshad ma rnam nges)
  3. Drops of Reasoning (Skt. Nyāyabindu; Tib. རིགས་ཐིགས་, Wyl. rigs thigs)
  4. Drops of Logic (Skt. Hetubindu; Tib. གཏན་ཚིགས་ཐིགས་པ་, Wyl. gtan tshigs thigs pa)
  5. Inquiry into Relations (Skt. Saṃbandhaparīkṣā; Tib. འབྲེལ་བ་བརྟག་པ་, Wyl. 'brel ba brtag pa)
  6. Reasoning of Debate (Skt. Vādanyāya; Tib. རྩོད་པའི་རིགས་པ་, Wyl. rtsod pa'i rigs pa)
  7. Proof of Other Minds (Skt. Saṃtānāntarasiddhi; Tib. རྒྱུད་གཞན་གྲུབ་པ་, Wyl. rgyud gzhan grub pa)

Further Reading

  • John D. Dunne, Foundations of Dharmakirti's Philosophy, Wisdom Publications, 2004, p.7 n.12
  • TH. Stcherbatsky, Buddhist Logic Volume 1, p37