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Nagarjuna's Reason Sixty (Yuktisastika) with Candrakirti's Commentary (Yuktisastikavrrti) (Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences) [Hardcover]

Joseph Loizzo
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August 28, 2007 0975373420 978-0975373422 Bilingual

The Reason Sixty is the most concise philosophical work by the second-century Indian Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna. It is one of that master's works most often cited by Centrist (Madhyamaka) commentators, and it is included in the Sixfold Canon of Reason (rigs tshogs drug) which forms the textual basis for Centrist studies in the Tibetan philosophical curriculum. Standing midway between his other masterpieces on philosophy and religion, in the Reason Sixty Nagarjuna describes the central thrust of his therapeutic philosophy of language - the elimination of cognitive bias and affective resistances to the gradual cultivation of nondualistic wisdom and compassion.

The seventh-century Centrist master Chandrakirti, concerned with applying his language therapeutic method to define the social epistemology of Centrism, likewise links the critical hermeneutic-pedagogy and the practical therapeutic-anthropology of his other works in his acclaimed Reason Sixty Commentary.

Includes detailed introductory essays, annotated translations, critical Tibetan editions, trilingual glossary, intellectual-historical and biographical tables, bibliography, and index.

Published by American Institute of Buddhist Studies (AIBS)


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Joseph Loizzo is an adjunct assistant professor in the Religion Department at Columbia University.


Product Details

  • Series: Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: American Institute of Buddhist Studies; Bilingual edition (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975373420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975373422
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Continuity of Madhyamaka Thought in India April 11, 2008
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Nagarjuna is considered the father of Madhyamaka thought and Candrakirti his greatest exponent several centuries, when he clarified misconceptions that had arisen in the intervening four or five centuries. As such this study and translation represents the continuity and - perhaps - timelessness of Madhyamaka thought. In his introduction, Dr. Loizzo explains the contemporary relevance of this thought in light of Wittgenstein and others. Candrakirti's commentary - as Joe admits - is dense and difficult, but it is worth the struggle; the same type of arguments Candrakirti refutes are the types we all bring to the table. So although the translations are enormously useful, the study overall is toward the continuity of Middle Way thought into contemporary practice; this is not simply an artifact. So practitioners need this every bit as much as Buddhist Studies scholars, etc. Do yourself and others a favor and get this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Among the great books of all time October 4, 2007
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The present generation of well-informed translators are doing the world a great service as they continue to bring the great texts of Buddhist philosophy to us. Joseph Loizzo has joined their ranks with this outstanding work. He has contributed an authoritative translation of one of the greatest philosophical works of all time, providing not only a translation, but well-informed commentary that makes it possible for a serious reader to approach this book and reach understanding of a subtle and therefore difficult yet profound river of thought. This book is a great gift to humanity. Thank you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly good May 28, 2013
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The translator chose to insert "intrinsic" and "intrinsically" in brackets all over the place when not present in the original text. He hedges like a Gelugpa.
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