From the Back Cover
Shantarakshitas's text is considered to be the quintessential exposition or root text of the school of Buddhist philosophical thought known in Tibet as Yogachara-Svatantrika-Madhyamaka. In addition to examining his ideas in their Indian context, this study examines the way Shantarakshita's ideas have been understood by, and been an influence on, Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Specifically, Blumenthal examines the way scholars from the Geluk School of TIbetan Buddhism have interpreted, represented, and incorporated Santaraksita's ideas into their own philosophical project.
This is the first book length study of the Madyamaka thought of Shantarakshita in any Western language. It includes a new translation of Shantarakshita's treatise, extensive extracts from his autocommentary, and the first complete translation of the primary Geluk commentary on Shantarakshita's treatise, Gyal-tsab Je's Remembering [Shantarakshita's] The Ornament of the Middle Way.
James Blumenthal holds a doctorate in Asian Religions from The Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Oregon State University.
"Santaraksita is not only a 'founding father' of Tibetan Buddhism, but one of the great philosophers of the later Buddhist era in India. James Blumenthal's multi-faceted work includes a complete translation of Santaraksita's most important work on Madhyamaka, as well as a stimulating, critically astute analysis of the ways in which Santaraksita's thought has been used by Tibetan commentators over the years. Blumenthal's book is a fascinating excursion across 700 years and two Asian cultures, and should be required reading for all students of Indian philosophy and of the intellectual history of Tibetan Buddhism."--Roger R. Jackson, Professor of Religion, Carleton College, and author of Is Enlightenment Possible?
"This study is an invaluable contribution to the West's understanding of the history of Madhyamaka both in India and Tibet. Blumenthal's analysis of the Geluk materials on Shantarakshita's thought are particularly insightful."-- Geshe Lhundup Sopa, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin, and co-author of Cutting Through Appearances