Compendium of Valid Cognition

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Acharya Dignāga

Compendium of Logic (Skt. Pramāṇa-samuccaya; Tib. ཚད་མ་ཀུན་ལས་བཏུས་པ་, Wyl. tshad ma kun las btus pa) by Dignaga — one of the greatest works on Buddhist logic, in which Dignaga gave a new definition of "perception": a knowledge that is free from all conceptual constructions, including name and class concepts.

Dignaga's tradition is further developed in the 7th century by Dharmakirti.

This text is considered as representative of the Sautrantika tenet system.

Tibetan Text

Translations

  • Hayes, Richard P. Dignāga on the Interpretation of Signs. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer, 1988. (Includes translation of chapters 2 & 5)
  • Hattori Masaaki, Dignāga, On Perception, being the Pratyakṣapariccheda of Dignāga's Pramāṇasamuccaya from the Sanskrit fragments and the Tibetan Versions. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1968. (Translation of chapter 1)