Well Explained Reasoning

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The Well Explained Reasoning (Skt. Vyākhyāyukti; Tib. རྣམ་པར་བཤད་པའི་རིགས་པ་, Wyl. rnam par bshad pa'i rigs pa)—a work by Vasubandhu that sets out the principles of exegesis or hermeneutics and teaches how to interpret and explain the content of a sutra. It has five chapters, and in the fourth Vasubandhu refutes the assertion that the Great Vehicle cannot be considered as Buddhism.[1]

Commentaries

  • One Hundred Extracts from the Sūtras for the Principles of Exegesis (Skt. Vyākhyāyukti-sūtra-khaṇḍaśata). A collection of 105 sūtra passages that serve as Vasubandhu's source material.
  • Commentary on the Principles of Exegesis (Skt. Vyākhyāyukti-ṭīkā) by Guṇamati (Tib. ཡོན་ཏན་བློ་གྲོས་) (5th century C.E.).

References

  1. Skilling, Peter. Vasubandhu and the Vyākhyāyukti Literature, in the Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Volume 23, Number 2, 2000, page 334-335

Alternative Translations

  • Principles of Elucidation (Ron Garry)
  • Reasoned Exposition (Dharmachakra Translation Committee)
  • Rational System of Exposition (Gyurme Dorje)
  • Principles of Exegesis (Peter Skilling)

Further Reading

  • Skilling, Peter. Vasubandhu and the Vyākhyāyukti Literature, in the Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Volume 23, Number 2, 2000.
  • Cabezon, Jose Ignacio. Vasubandhu's Vyākhyāyukti on the Authenticity of the Mahāyāna Sūtras, in Timm, Jeffrey R, Texts in Context: Traditional Hermeneutics in South Asia. SUNY Press, 1992.